February 25

Mary Queen of Peace, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

On February 25, 1986, the People Power Revolution peacefully overthrew the 20-year dictatorship of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Encouraged by Catholic leader Jaime Cardinal Sin, millions of Filipinos had rallied in Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to confront the regime. In 1989, Cardinal Sin consecrated a commemorative shrine on the spot. Atop the chapel of Our Lady of Peace built into a hillside rises a monumental bronze statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, with doves alighting on her, by sculptor Virginia Ty-Navarro. The Archdiocese of Manila continues to observe February 25 as the anniversary of "EDSA Uno." In 2001, "EDSA Dos" achieved the overthrow of President Jorge Estrada, commemorated on January 20. (Information from Madel Ramoso Sabater, "Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace revisited," The Manila Bulletin Online, Feb. 27, 2005,  www.mb.com.ph; Cyril Bonabente, "Did you know?," Jan. 23, 2007, www.inquirer.net; and other sources. Photo by Keenan Rhys, “The EDSA Shrine,” www.flickr.com/photos/vanhussien/2438564524/ (detail).)  

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame du Grand-Pouvoir, Périgueux, France (Our Lady of Great Power). Chapel dedicated, 1673.
bulletInmaculada Concepción, Potonico, Chalatenango, El Salvador (Feb. 23-25)
bulletNotre-Dame, Conakry, Guinea. Pope John Paul II consecrated Guinea to Our Lady during his visit February 25, 1992.
bulletMadonna della Rocca, Cornuda, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
bulletIveron Mother of God, Mozdok, North Ossetia-Alania, Russia (Feb. 12 Julian)
bulletSancte Marie de Altaripa, Hautrive, Sarine, Fribourg, Switzerland. Cistercian abbey consecrated, 1138.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly