The EDSA Shrine (official name: Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish/ Mary Queen of Peace Shrine), located at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City, is a small church of the Archdiocese of Manila built in 1989. This shrine marks the birthplace of the first people power revolution of February 1986, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos, and the second people power revolution of January 2001 which ousted Joseph Estrada from his office.
The shrine was built in 1989 through the efforts of Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. Sin was first to envision building a peace shrine that will commemorate the peaceful and victorious 1986 people power. He was with Bishop Gabriel Reyes then on their way to Camp Aguinaldo where they were to celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass. Bishop Reyes saw in the intersection of EDSA and Ortigas the image of the Virgin Mary with the following slogans:
Soon enough they realized that the Blessed Virgin Mary was present during the historic revolution, the same way it was present in the Battle of La Naval and Battle of Lepanto. However, these two religious personalities believed that the EDSA Revolution was more miraculous than the previous two and therefore, deserved to be honored through a memorial structure.
The structure was designed by Architect Francisco Mañosa, under the preparation of renowned National Artist Architect Leandro Locsin and Architect William Coscolluela. Open to the public, the shrine glorifies the image of Our Lady of Peace, sculpted by Virginia Ty-Navarro. It is accessible through the cascading stairs from both avenues – EDSA and Ortigas, with its main plaza facing the converging point of the two avenues.
Another feature of the shrine are its many sculptures, one is called the “Flame of Freedom” created by artist Manny Casal, which depicts three industrious men carrying a cauldron of flame, each one symbolizing the three main island groups in the Philippines – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Next are the 14 Stations of the Cross, a bronze sculpture by national artist Napoleon Abueva. Carillon bells, crafted from bullets and canons retrieved from the remains of World War II, also adorn the shrine. Aside from this, the entire shrine is divided to two chapels – the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel and the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration – each housing great paintings and sculptures by renowned Filipino artists.
- The Story of EDSA Shrine. (accessed on 11 February 2008).