Secrets of the city: Moving 20-foot Virgin Mary in Quezon City

The Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic population in Southeast Asia, and how we like to flaunt that. It is not uncommon for houses to have grottos and altars built to display religious images, but this one, located near the hub of Quezon City’s busy Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue district, takes the cake.

OUR SECRET: It’s hard to miss this apparition: a 20-foot image of the Virgin Mary on top of a five-storey building. The image is called “Our Lady in the City”. It was made by Joseph Barcena Jr and installed in 2006 at the Regina Rosarii Center for Contemplative Prayer, founded by newly formed order of Dominican Sisters of the Regina Rosarii. Founding community member Sr. Eppie Brasil and the sisters of OP Regina have committed themselves to building statues of Mama Mary; at their convent in Tanay, Rizal, is a 71-foot high image of the Virgin. Apart from ogling Our Lady in the City’s size (she is said to have the same proportion as the Our Lady of Edsa by Virginia Ty Navarro), you can also watch her rotate 360-degrees every day at 6pm (this uses to be held twice a day).

Regina Rosarii Center for Contemplative Prayer, 70 Scout Fernandez Street, Bgy Laging Handa, Quezon City; +63 2 3725327. Wed-Mon 8am-5pm.


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