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,
and other sources. Photo by Keenan Rhys,
“The EDSA Shrine,” www.flickr.com/photos/vanhussien/2438564524/ (detail).)
Also commemorated this date:
|Notre-Dame du Grand-Pouvoir, Périgueux, France (Our
Lady of Great Power). Chapel dedicated, 1673.|
|Inmaculada Concepción, Potonico, Chalatenango, El Salvador
|Notre-Dame, Conakry, Guinea. Pope John Paul II consecrated Guinea to Our
Lady during his visit February 25, 1992.|
|Madonna della Rocca, Cornuda, Treviso, Veneto, Italy|
|Iveron Mother of God, Mozdok, North Ossetia-Alania, Russia (Feb. 12
|Sancte Marie de Altaripa, Hautrive, Sarine, Fribourg, Switzerland.
Cistercian abbey consecrated, 1138.|