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In the Philippines, the soon-to-be tallest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world is about to be ready

Almost 100 meters (315 feet) high, the statue is expected to be concluded in 2021, marking the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines

Designed by the renowned (and recently deceased) constructivist Filipino sculptor Eduardo De Los Santos Castrillo, the Marian monument-sculpture-shrine of The Mother of All Asia, also called “The Tower of Peace,” is located at the Montemaría (literally, “Mary’s Mount”) Pilgrimage Site in Batangas City, in the Philippines.

Expected to be concluded in 2021 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, The Mother of All Asia will then be the tallest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, a position now occupied by the Venezuelan 153-feet-tall “Our Lady of Peace” statue, which was built in 1983.

The Montemaría Pilgrimage site’s centerpiece, this image of the Virgin Mary is dedicated to the unity and peace of all peoples and countries in South Asia. With a floor area of around 130,000 square feet, the monument will house a St. John Paul II shrine, 12 Marian chapels in the third floor, a food hall on the fourth, mini theaters and conference rooms, and even commercial and residential spaces, and is crowned with a viewing deck on the 17th floor.

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  1. Wow! Can’t wait to visit the shrine. But…….I don’t know about the crown as a viewing deck. It feels like you’re trampling on the Virgin Mary’s head!

  2. Wow! Grandiose!
    To God be the Glory…
    It is fit for our Heavenly Queen and Mother the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the undefeated Queen of the Universe, THE MOTHER OF GOD the Son JESUS CHRIST and the Handmaid of Our Girls the Father Almighty and beloved spouse of the Holy Spirit.Mama Mary…

  3. I love it. I just don’t like the idea that the monument has commercial and residential spaces. It should be sacred, catholics as we are..

  4. Incredible, a truly divine gift from Heaven. Awesome piece of a genius sculpltor working through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Monumental remembrance of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. No better landmark can best express the love and joy of the Filipino people who are deeply dedicated and profoundly in love with the Mother of God. God bless us all. Amen. Sm Sydney Mon 9 March 2020

  5. Hope that this statue should be built on the place where the first mass held that is in Limasawa island, Southern Leyte

  6. The drive from Batangas City proper was quite scenic. Reminded me of the zig-zad road up to Baguio. Visited the place and saw the partially constructed base meant to be the tallest Statue of The Virgin Mary by French engineers accordingly. We arrived there two weeks after the inauguration of a chapel, a replica of the Church of the Infant Jesus of Prague supposedly donated by a wealthy Filipino Family in Toronto, Canada. A tent was erected as temporary church next to a small building selling religious articles adjacent to a public restrooms. There was a huge rock by the altar. At the time we were there, the construction project was stopped. On that day we visited, we waited for the next Healing Mass officiated or celebrated by the healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez. It was a Saturday. All what we saw during our visit was started by the late Fr. Fernando Suarez. But things got complicated accordingly. During the largest healing Mass named “Heal LA” in Los Angeles California which I was a volunteer, I was privileged to have viewed the blue print of the Statue. Each of the bead of Rosary to glow at night around the Statue. Yes, commercial buildings to include 5 star hotels and shopping areas be constructed as part of a grand pilgrimage Mecca. Will manage to attend the opening ceremonies in 2021 or whenever it will be officially opened. Requesting, please let me know when the opening ceremonies will be. Tank You so much. God Bess.

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