The Antipolo Cathedral is located right at the otherwise crowded center of Antipolo City. It also houses the statue of the Nuestra Señora de La Paz Y Buen Viaje. This religious icon was proclaimed ‘patroness of the galleons’ for having been on board at least 8 times on various voyages during the heyday of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.
It is said that when Jose Rizal was just 7 years old, he and his father, took a boat for Manila and Antipolo from Calamba to pay homage to the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. This was to fulfill his mother’s vow to the Virgin of Antipolo, after she survived the difficult delivery of Rizal.
There were probably no accesible roads and also no horrendous traffic during those years. But the present day pilgrims do not mind walking all the way to Antipolo cathedral, especially during the month of May.
How to get there
The Antipolo stamp site for the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150 is at the Antipolo Cathedral Pastoral Office which is located at the right side of the Antipolo Cathedral. The blogger rode an Antipolo jeepney that passes by the Ortigas Avenue-C5 intersection. Other transportation options are enumerated here.