I wasn’t able to witness the procession because I woke up late. However, I was able to make it during the solemn mass at Via Dolorosa. The priest was telling the devotees the story behind this activity.
Long time ago, a plaque hit the town of
After the procession, I was lucky enough to be allowed to enter the room where the original image of Our Lady of Antipolo is kept.
Getting to Antipolo:
-You may opt to take LRT2 and get off at Santolan station. Ride jeeps bound to Antipolo. Ride a tricycle or jeep going to Antipolo church.
- Ride FX along Aurora Blvd., in front of Gateway Mall. It will bring you to Antipolo. Ride jeep or tricycle going to Antipolo Church.
- Fare is around P60 or more one way.
- The procession runs a little slow, you can take good shots of the image.
- Prepare yourself for a long walk. Bring extra shirt, towels, and water.
- Since the image will be brought on hilltop and Antipolo is located on a high place, expect a very uphill climb.
- Stretch your muscles to avoid cramps.
- Be extra mindful of your belongings esp. when you're in a crowd.
- Vendors could really be irritating at times. They'll follow you around like a stray dog, forcing you to buy their products (mostly scapular and prayer books). If I may add, some of them take advantage esp. if they sense that you're new in the place. My advise, don't mind them and stay sharp.
- You can buy religious items from the store inside the church or some stalls outside. They have cheaper items than those who doesn't have a stall/store.