Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church (Marikina)

Coordinates: 14°22′30″N 121°32′46″E / 14.3750°N 121.546°E / 14.3750; 121.546

The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (Spanish: Santuario y Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados; Tagalog: Dambanang Pandiyosesis at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon), better known as Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church, is a Roman Catholic church in Marikina, the Philippines. The church enshrines one of several images of the Madonna and Child venerated as miraculous, which has received papal recognition.

Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned
(Dambanang Pandiyosesis at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon)
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AffiliationRoman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusDiocesan (Antipolo)
LeadershipMost Rev. Nolly C. Buco J.C.D., D.D., Rector and Parish Priest
Year consecrated1690
LocationJ.P. Rizal cor. V. Gomez Sts., Santa Elena, Marikina, Philippines
TypeBaroque Church
MaterialsAdobe, sand, gravel, cement, mortar, and steel
OLA Parish Church houses the Patroness of Marikina

The church itself is a testament of a religious controversy rooting back from Marikina's early history wherein both the Jesuits and Augustinians fought over the ecclesiastical control of the area.[1] The church is also known for featuring Metro Manila's Longest Holy Week Processions with around 80 floats as of 2018, and the third overall after the St Augustine Parish in the Town of Baliuag and the San Isidro Labrador Parish in the Town of Pulilan, both located in the province of Bulacan and featuring at least 110 floats.


Early yearsEdit

An early photograph of the church.

Catholicism in what is now Marikina began when the settlement was again ceded to the Augustinians by the Jesuits. On March 10, 1687, Governor Gabriel Cruz Elasque ordered the transfer of Marikina to the oversight of the Augustinians and merged with the ministry of San Mateo. He instructed Don Juan Pimentel, the Mayor of Tondo, to vacate and demolish the visita of Jesús de la Peña as the Marikina River would flood the site during the rainy season. The visita could not accommodate the growing congregation, forcing the Austin friars to transfer operations across the Marikina to higher ground, where the much larger, present structure was built. The church was subsequently made an independent parish in 1690.

The Venerated ImageEdit

On October 23, 1791 the church was consecrated by the Archdiocese of Manila for the Virgin's said title so that it could not be used for any secular purpose. In 1898, during the Philippine–American War, the first image was burnt along with pertinent records of the devotion in Marikina. In 1902, a new image was created, and is the one presently venerated in the parish.


The church suffered major damages during the tumultuous years of the Philippine–American War in the early 1900s and the carillion was totally destroyed during the second world war. By 1957, OLA church was restored and refurbished by Father Silvestre dela Cruz of Archdiocese of Manila with the help from various religious and civic organisations.[2]

The Episcopal CoronationEdit

The community initially approached the Apostolic Nuncio to petition for the Canonical Coronation of the image; however, the petition was declined due to few supporting documents. Meanwhile, then Bishop of Antipolo Crisostomo Yalung honored the Patrona with an Episcopal Coronation to remember the 100th Anniversary of the venerated image. The celebration was held on May 12, 2002 wherein the coronation was facilitated by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The Canonical CoronationEdit

By virtue of a decree granted by the Holy See through Pope Benedict XVI, the venerated image of Our Lady of the Abandoned was canonically crowned on October 23, 2005. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales headed the Holy Mass and Canonical Rites together with the Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes and Parish Priest Rev. Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos.

The ArchitectureEdit

Statues of the apostles are erected at the top of the pillars around the side of the church.

The church was first constructed from bamboo and leaves by the Augustinian friars in a place called Chorillo (present-day Barangka) on 1572. On 1687, the real construction began in its present location to stabilize an ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the area. Constructed in Baroque style, it is characterized by a heavily fortified facade, large-scale ceiling paintings, a dramatic central projection of the facade, a round-style pediment for the bell-tower and the opulent blending of painting and architecture.

Parish PriestsEdit

The following were the priests assigned to the parish based on extant records:

Name Years serving Present assignment
P. Jose Rodriguez 1768 – 1806 Deceased
P. Jose Ma. Herrera 1806 – 1852 Deceased
P. Vicente Reig 1852 – 1864 Deceased
P. Jacinto Zamora 1864 (Interim) Deceased
P. Jose Ma. Zamora 1865 – 1899 Deceased
P. Patricio Calderon 1900 – 1901 Deceased
P. Lorenzo Gregorio 1904 Deceased
P. Vicente Estacio 1904 Deceased
P. Ricardo Pulido 1905 – 1917 Deceased
P. Jorge Capistrano 1917 – 1932 Deceased
P. Luis Mojica 1932 – 1941 Deceased
P. Pedro Hizon 1941 Deceased
P. Pedro Hilario 1941 Deceased
Fr. Conrado C. Arciaga 1941 – 1951 Deceased
Fr. Gabino S. Baluyot 1951 Deceased
Msgr. Hernando Godoy, HP 1954 – 1956 Deceased
Fr. Silvestre dela Cruz 1956 – 1959 Deceased
Msgr. Florentino C. Fuentes, HP 1959 – 1963 Deceased
Fr. Gerardo Maximo 1963 – 1965 Deceased
Msgr. Jose B. Cruz, PA, PA 1965 – 1986 Deceased
Msgr. Generoso A. Mediarito, PC, PC 1986 – 1992 Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Masinag, Antipolo City
Msgr. Teodoro D. Perez, PA 1992 – 2000 Deceased
Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, PC, STD 2000 – 2006 Last Assignment: Parish Priest of Saint John the Baptist Parish, Taytay, Rizal (2017)
Msgr. Mariano T. Balbago Jr., PC 2006 – 2007 St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beltsville, Maryland, USA (Archdiocese of Washington)
Francisco M. de Leon, D.D., MS 2006 – 2016 Bishop of Antipolo
Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino 2016 – 2017 Immaculate Conception Parish, National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Cathedral of Antipolo
Msgr. Pedro C. Cañonero 2017 – 2019 Cainta Catholic College - School Director
Most Rev. Nolly C. Buco, J.C.D., D.D. from 2019 Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, Parish Priest of the

Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned

Shrine RectorsEdit

On August 5, 2007, which is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, the Bishop of Antipolo, Gabriel V. Reyes, D.D., consecrated the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Abandoned as a diocesan shrine in honor of Our Lady under the title Maria, Inang Mapag-Ampon ng Marikina, Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados. On September 8, 2007, a little more than a month after the dedication of the church as a shrine, Bishop Francisco de Leon, who had been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, was assigned by the Bishop of Antipolo as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Abandoned. Msgr. Mariano Balbago Jr. relinquished the title of parish priest, but was appointed Rector and Parish Administrator, assisting Bishop De Leon in his duties. Upon the departure of Msgr. Balbago from the shrine and parish, Bishop De Leon was also appointed rector by the Bishop of Antipolo, but this time assisted by vice rector and parish administrator Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino.

Name Years serving Assignment
Rev. Msgr. Mariano T. Balbago Jr. 2007 – 2009 Rector and Parish Administrator
Bishop Francisco M. de Leon, D.D., MS 2009 – 2016 Rector and Parish Priest
Rev. Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino 2009 – 2016 Vice-Rector and Parish Administrator
Rev. Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino 2016 – 2017 Acting Rector and Parish Priest
Rev. Msgr. Pedro C. Cañonero 2017 – 2019 Rector and Parish Priest
Rev. Fr. Francisco Louie M. Deang 2019 – present Rector and Parish Administrator

Assisting in the Pastoral Team of the parish are as follows:

  • Fr. Edward Bacus - Guest Parochial Vicar
  • Fr. Conegundo Garganta - Attached Priest
  • Rev. Fr. Francisco Louie M. Deang - Rector and Parish Administrator



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Buenconsejo, Maria Lourdes (April 2013). Marikina 1630. Marikina City Library.
  2. ^ Buenconsejo, Maria Lourdes (April 2013). Marikina 1630. Marikina City Library.

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