Antipolo Welcome Arch - Antipolo, Philippines
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 14° 35.200 E 121° 09.345
51P E 301323 N 1613416
Quick Description: This large arch spans the main road leading up to the city of Antipolo, Rizal Province, Philippines. The reverse side wishes travelers "Peace and a Good Voyage."
Location: Philippines
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 11:17:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMBANN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 4

Long Description:


Antipolo is commonly known as the "City of Pilgrimage," as it is a popular destination for religious pilgrims especially on Good Friday when tens of thousands walk in procession to the shrine of the "Virgin of Antipolo," many of them walking over 25 miles. The more extreme pilgrims practice self flagellation and even crucifixions.


This welcome arch has a replica of the shrine on top. The shrine was originally brought here from Acapulco, Mexico, in 1626, and is at the heart of the city, having been removed to escape destruction by fierce U.S. bombing at the end of World War II.


The reverse side of the arch bears the other name by which the "Virgin of Antipolo" is known, "Peace and a Good Voyage."

There is also reference to the city's "400th" year on the arch. The first Franciscan missionaries arrived here in 1578 and the Jesuits followed shortly after that 1591. The village was organized into a town in 1650. It is now the new capital of Rizal Province.

The road here ascends rather steeply from the city of Taytay, to reach the town's center about 25 miles from central Manila.

Type: Gateway

Subtype: Municipal/Regional Entrance

Location: Anitpolo Entrance

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