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On the gently rolling hills of Metro-Tagaytay in Cavite province, 70 kilometers south of Manila in the Philippines, will soon rise the Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary in MonteMaria, a center for God’s poor, a sacred space for healing of humanity and nature...a magnificent prayer.

“MonteMaria is a place to encounter God in a personal and powerful way; a place for healing – restoration and reconciliation, renewal and revival; a place to meet Jesus through the intercession of Mama Mary of the Poor.” 

Thus Fr. Fernando Suarez describes this monumental undertaking of the Mary Mother of the Poor Foundation (MMPF), a worldwide charitable organization he started as a seminarian in 1996.


Inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, Fr. Suarez envisioned a place to be
known as the Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a majestic statue of Mary, the tallest in the
world, standing on a mountain “like a beacon of light, a proclamation
of love and faith, a steadfast companion”, her gaze benign, her
hands raised in loving benediction over her children.



message from Fr. Suarez

Welcome to MonteMaria!

fr. fernando suarezThis is a place of refuge, a gift given to every person to experience peace, solitude and healing which comes from God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Poor.

People from all walks of life, from different places in the world who have stayed and prayed at MonteMaria experienced awe and wonder of God. Perhaps the encounter with God is so powerful and special that they shed tears. I am in awe at the multitudes of people who attend Mass service and I ask why? These people sick and well come from afar, travel unfamiliar roads, suffer all the inconveniences to go to MonteMaria, a far and remote place. Why? It must be they are called by God, a personal summon for each and every person because He has something beautiful and special to give : THE EXPERIENCE OF THE DIVINE. He has made everything RIGHT: the circumstances, the weather, a person's physical, mental and spiritual disposition, even financial conditions for everyone to make it to MonteMaria.

No wonder all those who come and stay even for a while leave the place with immense and intense joy and happiness in their hearts and smiles in their faces. They have come from afar but now they are HOME because they have felt and experienced the Lord.

God bless you all.

To Jesus through Mary,




montemaria groundbreaking 
groundbreaking 01-11-11

The official groundbreaking ceremonies of the Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary at MonteMaria in Bgy. Amuyong, Alfonso, Cavite were held on January 11, 2011.

The ceremonies started with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the Oratio Imperata to protect the sanctity of life and reject a culture of death.

A pontifical Eucharistic Celebration followed. His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila was presider with concelebrants : Most Rev. Pedro Arigo, DD of the Diocese of Puerto Princesa, Most Rev. Antonio P. Palang, DD, SVD of Diocese of Occidental Mindoro, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Imus representing the Most Rev Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Rev. Fr. Francis Donnelly - Local Superior of the Companions of the Cross (CC) , Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Shannon, Rev. Fr. Fernando M. Suarez, Rev. Fr. Ronilo Javines, SDB, Rev. Fr. Hector Baniel, SDP and many other priests.


groundbreaking 08-22-11

On August 22, 2011, thousands of ardent believers attended the Eucharistic Celebration in honor of the Feast of the Queenship of Virgin Mary followed by the groundbreaking ceremony of the Oratory of Our Lady of MonteMaria in Brgy. Amuyong, Alfonso, Cavite. Most Rev. Antonio Luis Tagle, D.D., the bishop of the Diocese of Imus and also the Chairman of the Board of MMP Foundation, was the main celebrant of the Mass. Together with Fr. Fernando Suarez, the founder of MMP Foundation, priests from different Dioceses and religious communities graced this momentous occasion.

In his Homily, Bishop Tagle encouraged everyone to be an active part of this project through prayers. He even warned the people of the challenges that may come along the way as the project advances. And, he expressed his full support of the building of the Oratory in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



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