The History of The Church of “Our Lady of Peace & Good-Voyage”

Hello and welcome! In this blog post, we shall be discussing about one of the most beautiful churches here in the Philippines: The Church of “Our Lady of Peace & Good-Voyage”.

History + Patron Saint:

In March 25, 1626, a galleon trading ship named El Almirante disembarked Acapulco, Mexico holding the freshly appointed Governor-General of the Spanish East Indies, Don Juan Niño de Tabora, who had brought with him the statue. In July 18, 1626 El Almirante arrived in Manila and the statue was transported to the San Ignacio Church of the Jesuits in Intramuros. In 1632, Governor Tabora died and as a result the Jesuits were given possession of the statue for the enshrinement in the church of Antipolo which was at the time being constructed in which is now the Barangay Santa Cruz. Nuestra Senora del Paz y Buen Viaje was then proclaimed as “Patroness of Galleons.” In 1641 to 1647, the statue had crossed the Pacific Ocean on the San Luis. In 1648 it was on the Encarnacion then on the San Diego in 1650, then on the San Javier in 1651, then in the San Jose from 1659 to 1661, and finally on the Nuestra de Pilar in 1746. In November 28, 1926, the statue of Nuestra Senora Dela Paz y Buen Viaje was canonically crowned by the Most Reverend Michael J. O’Doherty, Archbishop of Manila, at Luneta or Rizal Park, Manila which was presented by at least a hundred thousand people.

As for the patron saint, their identity is rather obvious. As evidenced by the name of the Church, the patron saint is Mother Mary (feast day on January 1). Mother Mary was the child of Saint Joachim and Anne. She was born in Jerusalem, on September 8. In Nazareth, the Archangel Gabriel visited her to announce that she would bear that in the future, would be named as Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Joseph, thinking she had slept with another man, left her but came back when an angel appeared in his dream and convinced him to stay with Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. In the later parts of her life, she went to the Wedding of Canaan with Jesus, witnessing his act of turning water into wine. She later died as a widow, outliving both her husband, St. Joseph, & her son, Jesus. Many Catholics believe her to have risen to Heaven, & in the process, crowned as Queen of Heaven & the Universe, in accordance with the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Aside from the common description of the Saint as given above, we have a small section here dedicated to her good deeds. As you can probably tell from the picture, St. Mary was a loving and caring Mother, as she took care of Jesus. Mary was part of Jesus’ life in almost all events. She is also known to be our spiritual Mother, which is why we call her Mother Mary. She is also very concerned for us, as in some of of Mother Mary’s Apparitions, she gives a message for us to pray the rosary. It shows that she’s telling us to pray so we will be protected from the Devil.



Miscellaneous (Culture of Surroundings):

• Kapitanes at Kapitanas:

Every Holy Week, Antipolo City has a tradition wherein two pairs of young Antipoleños are chosen to lead the faithful in the activities during Holy Week.

• The Annual Walk for Peace:

It is held every 30th day of April as a prelude or the beginning of the Pilgrimage Season. A motorcade for the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage commences this religious event, starting from the Antipolo Cathedral to the Minor Basilica of Quiapo.

• Sumakah Festival:

This festival is celebrated every 1st of May. It is also organized to recognize the Black Nazarene that is being brought to Antipolo Cathedral.

• Pilgrimage Season:

Antipolo celebrates its Pilgrimage Season in the month of May. Millions of devotees and patrons visit the Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for thanksgiving and reverence to the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin. The Pilgrimage Season is celebrated for 63 days with an hourly mass at the Antipolo Cathedral and different religious. It also has a complex closing ceremony, with a concelebrated High Mass held at 5 o’clock in the afternoon at the Antipolo Cathedral usually on the 1st Tuesday of July after 63 days from the 1st Tuesday of May. A grand procession is held after the High Mass and a grand fireworks display is showcased after the procession to formally end the Pilgrimage Season.


Church Entrance.

Altar View, along with another picture that shows a Wedding occurring inside the Church.

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The Basilica of St. Martin of Tours


History of the Church

The Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, simply known as Taal Basilica, is Asia’s largest church. Sitting on top of a hill, the basilica towers over the old heritage town of Taal. It is a very dominant structure and is visible in most parts of the town proper and even in some parts of the neighboring town, Lemery.
The original town of Taal was founded by Augustinian missionaries in 1572 on the banks of the Taal Lake (where the municipality of San Nicolas now lies). Fr. Diego Espinar led the construction of the town’s very first church in 1575. In almost two centuries, the church continued to improve and was rebuilt only to be utterly destroyed in 1754 after the biggest explosion of the nearby Taal Volcano. It wasn’t just the church, though, as the whole town of old Taal was so devastated.
The town moved to its current location, on top of a hill overlooking Balayan Bay. In 1755, the construction of a new church was launched under Fr. Martin Aguirre. Over several decades, new elements and features were added for the beautification of the church. However, on September 16, 1852, tragedy struck yet again. A massive earthquake hit the province and destroyed the church.
Four years after the catastrophe, another church was built at the same site under Fr. Marcos Anton, who commissioned architect Luciano Oliver to create the design and run the construction. In 1865, almost a decade later, the newly erected church was inaugurated despite its unfinished state. The construction was finally completed in 1878 with the addition of its gigantic 79 foot altar under the supervision of Fr. Agapito Aparicio. It was a massive church, the biggest at the time and would remain the biggest even centuries later.
On January 16, 1974, it was declared as one of the country’s National Shrines.


History of the Church Patron Saint/s

Patron Saint: San Martin de Tours
Feast day: November 11
Life of San Martin de Tours:
Saint Martin of Tours was born in Sabaria, Pannonia (now Szombathely, Hungary), and died November 8 in Candes, Gaul (France). He is the patron saint of France, the Father of Monasticism in Gaul, and the first great leader of Western Monasticism. At the age of 10, Martin chose Christianity. He was forced into the Roman army, but later petitioned the Roman emperor to release him from the army, because according to him, “I am Christ’s soldier, I am not allowed to fight.” Upon leaving the Roman army, Martin became a missionary in the provinces of Pannonia and Illyricum (now in the Balkan Peninsula), where he opposed Arianism. In 371, he was made bishop of Tours, and found another monastery outside the city – Marmoutier. Martin made Marmoutier a great monastic complex to which European ascetics were attracted and from which apostles spread Christianity throughout Gaul.
Good Deeds
1. When St. Martin encountered a beggar in Amiens :
– St. Martin saw a beggar who was unclothed in the cold weather. He then removed his cloak and his sword, then he used the sword to cut the cloak in half. He then gave the half of this cloak to the beggar and the beggar dressed himself up. This is one of the most important good deeds of St. Martin because that night after this incident, he had a vision where Christ appeared to him. The vision spoke to him, “Martin, a mere catechumen has clothed me.”. This time was the time when he started to follow his Christian conscience.
2. When St. Martin became the first recognized conscientious objector in recorded history :
– At the age of 20, St. Martin made it clear to his superiors that he would no longer fight by refusing to his pay from battle and he did not join the combat. Then, he became the first ever recognized conscientious objector in history. Even if his superiors called him a coward and that he deserves to go to prison, he proved it to them by going into battle without arms. This then led to the opponent proposing a truce that then led to no conflict. He was then freed.
3. When St. Martin established a monastery :
– The monastery was called Liguge Abbey, which was destroyed during the French Revolution but it was re established a few years after. He brought people to faith in Jesus Christ and Baptism into His Church in the surrounding areas of the abbey.
4. When St. Martin was obtained Bishop :
– He was tricked by the people into getting in office. He did not want to go into office but he was ordained and he became a hardworking and Holy Bishop. As a Bishop, he established a system of parishes to manage his diocese in order for him to be able to watch over each parish. He passionately and faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and won many to the Christian faith.


Special Devotions & Religious Practices

Dolor said a Mass of Declaration, to be presided by Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, will be celebrated at the Shrine on June 3 to formally announce to the public the special privilege granted by the Vatican.
The ceremonies will include the reading of the decree and placing the original Latin text and its translation as a marker at the Shrine’s entrance, according to Shrine rector Fr. Jose Maria Loyola Cumagun.
On Saturdays, the day set for devotion to the Our Lady of Caysasay, the otherwise sleepy shrine, becomes vibrant when pilgrims flock to the place to pay homage to the Blessed Virgin.


Pictures of the Church






Schedule of Daily Masses and Other Liturgical Services

Daily Morning Mass – 6:00 A.M.
Wednesday & Saturday Afternoon – 5:00 P.M.
Sunday Mass- 5:30A.M., 7:30A.M., 9:30A.M., 5:00P.M.



– Ushers
– Altar Servers
– Readers
– Extraordinary Ministry of Communion
– Music Ministry
– Greeters
– Mother Butlers
– Youth Ministry
– Ministry of Church Staff


Cultural Practices or Tradition and Tourism Sights

Mahaguyog Festival: It is a weeklong special event coinciding with Sto. Tomas’ founding anniversary.
Sinuam Festival: It is a festival which celebrates San Jose, Batangas as the top producer of eggs, where they also make their main popular dish, Sinuam.
Walistik Festival: It is a street dance competition where walis is used as the main material for the dancers’ costumes.
Apolinario Mabini Shrine: It marks the birthplace of Apolinario Mabini.


Disclaimer & Credits

8D Group 4: Batangas

– Andrade, Rane (4)

– De Veyra, Rebecca (11)

– Lachaona, Therese (18)

– Mason, Ethan (25)

– Pontanilla, Juliana (28)

– Reynoso, Romaine (30)

– Surla, Nuela (35)

– Tancuan, Janella (36)


– History of the Church: Pontanilla
– History of the Church Patron Saint/s: Tancuan & Lachaona
– Special Devotions & Religious Practices: Reynoso
– Pictures of the Church: Surla
– Geolocation: Surla
– Schedule: Surla
– Ministries: Andrade
– Cultural Practices or Tradition & Tourism Sights: Andrade
– Disclaimer & Credits: De Veyra
– Ecclesiastical Historian: Pontanilla & Mason
– Devotional Historian: Tancuan & Lachaona
– Geolocation / Map Provider and Archivist: Surla
– Cultural Researcher: Andrade
– Church Insider: Reynoso & Andrade
– Narrative Editor: De Veyra
– Group Leader: Surla
– Taal Basilica, Batangas: Asias Largest Catholic Church. (2016, August 27). Retrieved March 04, 2018, from
-Britannica, T. E. (2017, March 16). St. Martin of Tours. Retrieved March 06, 2018, from
– Online, C. (n.d.). St. Martin of Tours – Saints & Angels. Retrieved March 06, 2018, from
– Basilica of St. Martin de Tours. (n.d.). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from
– Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Oldest Church in Taal, Batangas). (2011, February 02). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from


Santa Rose De Lima Parish


-The province of Laguna seems to have a hidden beauty that is often natural to portray.
-The province’s culture, practice and tradition to display the town’s vibrancy though preserving still its life’s rusticity in form and manner.
-The ANILAG Festival is held to give thanks to the all the blessings that the people of the province had in the previous year. The Maundy Thursday procession in Paete begins at dusk, recounting the Passion of Jesus Christ before crucifixion. It known as one lenten tradition of northeastern Laguna.
-Lukayuan is a part of old culture in upland barangays of Oples and Ibabang Sungi where some barrio folks wear costume to turn performers appearances a mere disguise.

Other Laguna Festivals


Some Other Major festivals,
Ahunan sa Pinag-as Last Sunday of May, Pakil
Ana Kalang Festival Third (3rd) Week of April, Nagcarlan
Feast of the Three Kings First (1st) Sunday of January, Mabitac
Fiesta Sampaguita February 22, San Pedro
Gat Tayaw “Tsinelas” Festival April 27 to May 1, Liliw
Pinya Festival May 10 to 15,Calauan
Rizal Day June 19,Calamba City
Aside from the annual events and cultural festivities, there are customs that occur in few parts of Laguna.

Religious Practices in the Church

1. In the Church, when we enter the Church we pay respects to the statues as we feel the spiritual guidance and we pray and connect to the Lord.
2. As we enter the Church, we genuflect before sitting on the bench. Like we put our knees to the ground before sitting on the chairs/bench.
3. After those 2 things, you can pray and wait for the mass start. But you have an option if you want to send prayers/blessings and reflections to the poor before you start.
4. As we start, the Church presents the deceased,
5. Then we can start the Church formally.
6. As the Mass continues, even though we are strangers we hold hands a it presents our unity while doing the Our Father. At least for some people in the Church.

Mt.Makiling to Santa Rosa De Lima Parish


Built in 1792 and is located next to the Old Government Building or the Museo de Santa Rosa today.
Many changes to the church have happened such as in 1954 when the convent or a Christian Community was formed by the Sisters of the Canossian Congregation.
In 1850, the Casa Hacienda or a public elementary school was built by a friar.
In August 30, 1792, Santa Rosa de Lima was inaugurated as its patron saint.


Patron Saint

The Patron Saint of the Santa Rosa de Lima Church is St.Rose of Lima ( her original name is Isabel Flores de Olivia ).
She was born on April 20, 1586 in Lima, Peru.
At a young age, Rose wanted to become a nun. She prayed and fasted in secret, she performed secret penances, which were sometimes painful and severe. She performed daily adoration of the blessed sacrament and took daily communion.
When she became 20, she joined the Third Order of St.Dominic. She continued a life of extreme prayer, fasting, and penance.


Go to this link for more about the Patron Saint:

Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church




Disclaimer : This is not the official website for Kamay Ni Jesus Healing Church, it is for school project purposes only.

Group 5 :

Samonte, Catherine

Reverente, Santiago

Delos Santos, Kurt

Valencia, Jack

Ilas, Miguel

Lanuza, Francis

History of the Church

The Kamay ni Hesus Church was built on February, year 2002 and has a five-hectar shrine. It is a sacred ground and pilgrimage site for those who wish to repent, give thanks and pray for sicknesses. Reverend Joey Faller created the healing church to give those who are sick or spiritually weak a place to feel and experience God’s presence.



History of Lucban’s Patron Saint


Saint Isidore was conceived in 1070 and was a poor worker most of his life of his life. For a considerable length of time, he took a shot at the ranch of a well off Madrileño landowner, Juan de Varga. In any case, poor Isidore was a devout man and would regularly invest his energy at Mass when work.

All things considered, Isidore started to draw in the rage of his collaborators who were all around incensed over his lateness because of his huge imploring propensity. (Some would likely say dependence, however we should not derive here might we?) So, they conceptualized together and chose to gripe to Sr. Jefe who went to examine for himself this potential absence of profitability on his territory. Maybe he even called Human Resources to keep an eye on how best to determine this issue without encroaching upon his representative’s religious rights, however this we will never know.

Anyway, because of the grumblings from his more pagan representatives, the manager went to converse with Isidore about his working execution, or deficiency in that department. Hoping to see him furrowing along the fields, Sr. Jefe was gotten unsuspecting he saw a blessed messenger doing Isidore’s work while Sr. Sacred was at the old lectern. “Commonplace Spanish”, he thought as he shook his head in dissatisfaction.

The second time the supervisor went to converse with Señor Religioso, he was eased to see Isidore furrowing ceaselessly like a decent worker. However, upon nearer assessment, he additionally observed two holy messengers on either side of him doing what’s needed furrowing for three men.

Special Devotions

Special devotions and religious practices well-known are the Penafrancia devotion, fluvial procession, dawn procession, crucifixion re-enactment, novena and pilgrimage.

Schedule of Daily Masses

Grotto Schedule

Monday & Tuesday – 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday & Friday – 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday – 7:00am-5:30pm

Weekend Mass Schedule

9:30am : Healing Mass
5:00pm : Anticipated Mass

7:30am, 9:00am,
10:30am, 11:30am
& 3:00pm : Healing Mass

Weekday Mass Schedule

Monday – 9:00am
Tuesday -9:00am
Wednesday – 9:30am : Healing Mass
Thursday – 9:00am
Friday -9:00am



In 1998, Father Joey founded the Kamay Ni Hesus Ministry Foundation and built the hill shrine which houses a healing center, renewal center, church and the hill shrine of the ascending Jesus. Kamay Ni Hesus Hill Shrine is now Quezon’s most visited pilgrimage site – not only during the Holy Week but all year round. Kamay Ni Hesus Hill Shrine are divided into two areas.  Upon entering, you will immediately be greeted by the different facilities surrounding the Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Church on top of a man-made plateau situated at the first half of the 5-hectare property.

Tourist Attractions

Rizal Shrine
Found in every city, including Lucban, is the Shrine of a local National hero, Jose P. Rizal. Located in front of the Lucban Municipal building, the Rizal Shrine and park is at the center of Lucban right near the Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulouse.


Pahiyas Festival
At the Pahiyas festival, the celebration day of The Feast of San Isidro Labrador held on 15 May every year, decorated houses line the streets and the popular Pancit Hab Hab served from street carts during the performances is a must-eat item.


Cultural Practices

Pahiyas Festival
A religious practice that started back during the Spanish era.It is celebrated every may as a thanksgiving (pahiyas in local terms) for a bountiful harvest to San Isidro Labrador (the Catholic Church’s patron saint of farmers), although its origin dates back to a pre-colonial thanksgiving ritual.


Healing Ritual
Every Wednesday and Saturday of the week, at 9:30-10:30am, holds a healing ritual held by Father Joseph Faller.This father is believed to be able to give either spiritual enlightenment or a miraculous physical healing or both.He was said to be involved in a tragic accident which badly and permanently damaged his hands, interestingly though his hands has a resemblance to Little Jesus(“El Senor Sto. Nino”) and the hands of the Risen Christ.This accident apparently also lent this father the miraculous abilities that he now attains.One proof of this is a doctor(not Father Joseph Faller’s doctor).The wife of the doctor was diagnosed with terminal illness and Stage 4 Cancer.However, the Father offered her a prayer then during the surgery that was supposed to happen the next day, her surgeons couldn’t find her cysts.


Pictures of the Church


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St. Michael the Archangel Parish

Bacoor St. Michael (4).jpg  History of the Church

The parish of St. Michael The Archangel was created as a separate parish from Kawit on January 18, 1792 by virtue of the Royal Cedula issued by Ferdinand VI, King of Spain, to the Spanish Governor General in the Philippines. It was established in 1669 and was constructed using bamboos, straws and nipa leaves.

download.jpgHistory of the church patron saint/saints

  • from our research, we could not find the patron saint of this church, but here is what we found out from the saint the church named it after ( St. Michael the Archangel )
  • St. Michael is not technically a saint, but moreover an angel, who is the leader of all angels and of the army of God. which is what thetitle “archangel” means, that he above all the others, in terms of rank.
  • he has four main responsibilities, we know from scriptures and Christian tradition.
  1. combat Satan
  2. escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.
  3. to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.
  4. call men from life on earth to there heavenly judgement.

Bacoor St. Michael (5).jpg   Special devotions and religious practices

– Novena Prayers
– Procession for Patron St. Michael the Archangel
– Devotions to the Sto. Nino


san miguel archangel (4).jpg Schedule of daily masses and other liturgical services

For the Month of March

7 am MASS :  March 1 – March 9 , March 11 – March 15, March  18 – March 23, March 26 and March 27

8: 30 am MASS :  March 1 , March 2 , March 5, March 6, March 8 , March 11 – March 15, March 18 – March 20, March 22 , March 23, March 26 , March 27

Reconciliation: March 2 ( 9 : 30 pm ) , March 3 ( 3 pm and 6 pm) , March 4 ( 1:15 pm and 3 pm ), March 6 ( 6 pm ), March 10 ( 3 pm ), March 11 ( 3 pm ) , March 13 ( 3 pm )

2:15 pm MASS: March 4 – March 6 , March 11 , March 18 ,

EVENING MASS: March 3, MArch 10, March 13, March 20 , March 24,March 25

073ab1fde39b205f04f237e5305e94e6--saint-michael-michael-okeefe.jpg Ministries

• It connects us to God and to our neighbor, helping us to live the Greatest Commandment and the Golden Rule.

  • It helps to make St. Michael seem like not such a large parish and gives us a small community with whom to develop meaningful relationships.
  • It allows us to take our faith to the wider community by ministering to the particular needs of our brothers and sisters.
  • It helps us to balance the many activities of our lives by grounding us and giving us spiritual enrichment.
  • It lets us find and share the love of Jesus!

The parish has liturgical ministries (Ushers, Readers, Altar Servers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)

Some charity events and organizations are:

Priests’ welfare and retirement

Sunday offertory

One faith, one people, our future

Easter flowers collection

Catholic relief services

St. Michael statue for the holy name of Jesus cathedral

Honduras sister parish ministry

Safe environment training

New member Social dinner

Women’s communion mass and breakfast

Memorial donations


Bacoor St. Michael (4).jpg Cultural practices or tradition and tourism sites

– Bakood Festival (in honour of St. Michael the Archangel)
– Tahong Festival (promotion of fresh sea food)
– Battle of Zapote Bridge Site (commemoration of Philippine Revolution)
– Bahay na Tisa (first Malacanyang Palace)



Disclaimer : this is not an official blog of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish

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