#340 EDSA Shrine

The EDSA Shrine

The Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA, or more popularly, the EDSA Shrine is a small church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila located at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.

The shrine was built in 1989 originally to commemorate the memories of the People Power Revolution and its peaceful outcome. The shrine and the small church stand on the site of two peaceful demonstrations that toppled Philippine presidents Ferdinand Marcos (the People Power Revolution or EDSA I) and Joseph Estrada (the EDSA Revolution of 2001 or EDSA II). It is officially called the “Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace” or “Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish”, although these names are seldom used.

The Statue of Mary triggered a minor controversy when it was first unveiled in 1989 due to its mammoth proportions, and what its detractors say the lack of ‘gracefulness’ in terms of line. It earned the humorous nickname ‘Daing Lady’ probably due to its shape that recalls the daing or dried fish, a fish staple for many low-income Filipinos. The EDSA Shrine is part of the Ortigas Center, a complex of office buildings and commercial centers that occupy large tracts of land in portions of Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, and Pasig City (WikiPilipinas and other sources).

Long live the EDSA spirit!

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