By Christina Hermoso
The Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace, more popularly known as the EDSA Shrine, is set to mark its 30th anniversary this year.
Built on December 15, 1989, or three years after the peaceful People Power Revolution that toppled the administration of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Rev. Fr. Arnel Calata, Jr., vice rector of the shrine said, preparations are underway for the celebration of the establishment of the church which is now three decades old.
“It is part of our culture as Filipinos to be prayerful and peace loving. We always pray for peace in our country to our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Peace,” Calata said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“It is inherent in us to seek the Holy Mother’s intercession for peace to reign such as what happened during the so-called bloodless revolution,” the priest added.
In the country, there are more than ten national shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary from the 17 Ecclesiastical Provinces or 86 archdioceses and dioceses.