Monte Maria Shrine is 45 minutes drive from Batangas City. A billion peso project of Father Fernando Suarez which becomes a center of criticism among priesthood because of the financial crisis that we have today. The statue of the shrine will be 117 metres high - higher than the statue of liberty (96 meters high) and the statue of Jesus at Rio de Janeiro (100 meters high).

The shrine will include a centre for healing and spiritual rejuvenation, St. Joseph Chapel, Divine Mercy Chapel, House of Mary, Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, a rosary garden, a way of the cross and Infant Jesus Chapel.

With the ground-breaking celebration held at Pinamukan, Batangas City on January 7, 2007, the Feast of the Epiphany, and with support coming from all over the world, Fr. Fernando Suarez’ vision is slowly coming to reality. In all his talks while here in Winnipeg, Fr. Fernando emphasized that God, through the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin is using him as an instrument of healing. Monte Maria, he said, is a place being set aside from all eternity for the Blessed Mother so that the nation will be healed and that the poor will be raised up to the dignity and respect they deserve as the children of God.

All the chapels that are going to be built at Montemaria are donated by families from Canada and the Philippines.

MONTEMARIA is a project of Mary Mother of the Poor Foundation (MMPF), an apostolic initiative being led by Fr. Fernando Suarez Healing Ministry. MMPF is an apostolic initiative whose aim is to ‘seek holiness in evangelizing and working with the poor through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.’


  1. Edwin  

    February 15, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Is it true that this project will not pursue in Pagkilatan Batangas City and will be transferred to Tagaytay City sad news..

  2. R  

    February 21, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    For clarification on Montemaria's transfer to Cavite, please check my comment/post at

    Msgr. Ruben Dimaculangan, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Lipa

  3. evision  

    March 13, 2010 at 1:18 AM

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