Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church (Marikina)
|Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned
(Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon)
|Location||J.P. Rizal cor. V. Gomez Sts., Santa Elena, Marikina, Philippines|
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Diocesan (Antipolo)|
|Leadership||Bishop Francisco M. de León, Parish Priest|
|Architectural type||Baroque Church|
|Materials||Adobe, Sand, gravel, cement, mortar and steel|
The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (Spanish: Santuario y Parroquia del Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados; Tagalog: Dambana at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon) is a Roman Catholic church in Marikina, the Philippines. The church enshrines one of several images of the Virgin Mary venerated as miraculous, which has received Papal recognition.
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. 
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.
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. 
The community initially approached the Apostolic Nuncio to petition for the Canonical Coronation of the image. The canonical coronation was not granted immediately due to lack of background research and testimonies about the miracles attributed to Our Lady. The nuncio endorsed the parish community to Bishop Crisostomo Yalung, Bishop of Antipolo, for the image of Our Lady to be honoured with an Episcopal Coronation. It was granted through a decree signed by Bishop Yalung, and performed on May 12, 2002.
By virtue of a Papal Bull granted by the Holy See through Pope Benedict XVI, the image was canonically crowned on October 23, 2005. Archbishop of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, in the name of the pope, finally crowned the image after a series of research and gathering of testimonies of miracles attributed to Our Lady of the Abandoned in Marikina.
Other places of patronage
Aside from Marikina, Our Lady of the Abandoned is patroness of the following places in the Philippines: Santa Ana, Manila, where another image of the Virgin is enshrined; Muntinlupa City; Mandaluyong City; Valencia, Negros Oriental; and Barangay Batiocan in Libungan, Cotabato.
Santa Ana district in Manila and Marikina City have the oldest traditions of venerating the image.
Although the church has had the Our Lady of the Abandoned as its patroness for centuries, feasts in its honour were not historically attested-to. Since 1990, people in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have made pilgrimages to the shrine.
Marikina honoured the image every second Sunday of May, but this was altered to May 12 until 2010, when the local observance was changed back to its original date.
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.
The following were the priests assigned to the parish based on the current existing records the parish can gather:
|Name||Years serving||Present assignment|
|P. Craig (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Jose Ma. Zamora (†)||1860 – 1880||Deceased|
|P. Manuel Alberto (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Rafael Umana (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Jose Blas (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Aravello (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Teodoro (†)||Records lost or destroyed during the revolution||Deceased|
|P. Patricio Cruz (†)||1900 – 1903||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 (†)||1965 – 1986||Deceased|
|Msgr. Generoso A. Mediarito, PC||1986 – 1992||Immaculate Conception Parish, Concepcion, Marikina City|
|Msgr. Teodoro D. Perez, PA (†)||1992 – 2000||Deceased|
|Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos, PC, STD||2000 – 2006||St. John the Baptist Parish, Taytay, Rizal|
|Msgr. Mariano T. Balbago Jr., PC||2006 – 2007||Retired, Abroad|
|Francisco M. de León, D.D., MS||from 2007||Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kalookan|
Current parish priest
The Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, Francisco M. de León, became parish priest and rector of the Shrine in the Diocese of Antipolo on September 8, 2007.
On August 5, 2007, 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 of 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 León was also appointed Rector by the Bishop of Antipolo, but this time assisted by vice rector and parish administrator Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino.
|Msgr. Mariano T. Balbago Jr., PC (Ret.)||2007 – 2009||Rector and Parish Administrator|
|Francisco M. de Leon, D.D., MS||2009 – Present||Rector and Parish Priest|
|Fr. Reynante U. Tolentino||2009 – Present||Vice Rector and Parish Administrator|
Assisting in the Pastoral Team of the parish are as follows:
- Fr. Ral Jaden C. Paguergan - Assistant Parish Priest
- Fr. Rommel M. Felizardo - Assistant Parish Priest
- Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta - Attached Priest
- Fr. Paquito G. Gallego - Director, Marikina Catholic School
- Buenconsejo, Maria Lourdes (April 2013). Marikina 1630. Marikina City Library.
- Buenconsejo, Maria Lourdes (April 2013). Marikina 1630. Marikina City Library.
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