More than 90 Marian images, portraits and life size statues of Blessed Virgin Mary were on exhibit at the 7th Marian Exhibition within the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista church in San Francisco del Monte district within Quezon City.
The church is also known as San Francisco del Monte Church which was established in 1590.
This is the oldest part and most historic part of the city and there are still some old ancestral houses, mid-modern turn of the century houses and buildings which dotted the district.
present day church main facade
old facade and entrance to the church – This was before the church was enlarged in the early 1990’s
The area once covered an area of about 250 hectares which is thickly wooded, eight water springs, creeks are located. According to old time residents of San Francisco del Monte, they used to get their potable drinking water from the deep wells within the church. Jeepney and residents of the place would also refer this area as Frisco.
7th Marian Exhibit
7th Marian exhibit is within the parish church. There were friendly parishioners, staff and guardians of the sacred Marian images who would guide those visiting the exhibit. Some would also tell the stories of their venerated statues.
Our Lady of the Barangay
Our Lady of the Barangay ,Nuestra Señora de Barangay, Bihen Sang Barangay or Birhen sa Barangay is a title given to virgin mary which wears a native balintawak dress holding a baby jesus with rosary.
Some Catholics thought that this was a representation of the Virgin Mary from the Aglipayan church.
Santa Maria Siempre Virgen statue
Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Nuestra Señora del Calvario
Santa Maria Madre de Dios
Santa Maria Madre de Dios – owned by the family of Mr. Robby Villano dela Vega.
This statue of the blessed virgin mary caught everyone’s attention because of the her beautiful face and hands ( presumably made from ivory) with necklaces made from ivory too.
This vigin mary inside a wooden urna with carabao bone inlay is also presumed to be made from ivory too.
Exhibit hours will be from 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN and 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The 7th Marian Exhibit will be until August 4, 2019.
Notes: Any donations for the various projects of the parish is accepted at the parish office or donation boxes at the exhibit area.
How to Commute: Taking a jeepney ride is the most reasonable. there are many routes which ply near San Pedro de Bautista street or near Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City.
1.) Project 8 via Roosevelt Avenue to Quiapo ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds -stoplight
2.) Via Muñoz Market to Quiapo ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds- stoplight
3.) Balintawak to Frisco ( take off at San Pedro Pedro de Bautista street-arko )
4.) Blumentritt to Muñoz market ( take off at San Pedro de Bautista street -arko)