14th Annual Dambana Festival

Today, August 7
Chapel of Mary

The Filipino Community of Oregon and SW Washington invites you to this special celebration at The Grotto.

2 p.m. Praise and Worship
2:15 p.m. Short talk by Fr. Aniceto (Cit) Guiriba, Pastor of St. James Catholic Church, Molalla
2:25 p.m: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
2:45 p.m. Rosary
3:30 p.m. Mass
Celebrant: Fr. Maro Escano, Pastor of St. Mary’s, Albany
Today's Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Masses
8 a.m.
10 a.m.
12 noon

The noon Mass will be celebrated outdoors in The Grotto Plaza, weather permitting. Otherwise, all Masses will be celebrated in the Chapel of Mary.

Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.
Dambana Prayer

Lord God, bless this Filipino Shrine at The Grotto, and bless all who come here in search of peace, prayer, and the beauty of nature.
Give us insight as we walk the garden paths and as we pray and reflect at this Dambana. May your loving presence inspire our minds and hearts, so that we may go forth from here renewed and refreshed in mind, body, and soul. 
Loving God, bless this image of Mary, represented as Our Lady of Dambana. May we see Mary as a model of faith that we are called to imitate, and may the Mother of Jesus be a source of comfort to each one of us. 
Loving Creator, you sent your only son to be savior of all. Jesus came into the world as a helpless child; may this image of the Santo Niño remind us that God became fully human to share his love and bring us salvation.
Lord God, we honor your faithful servant San Lorenzo Ruiz and his companion martyrs. As the first canonized Filipino Saint, San Lorenzo inspires us with his unwavering faith and tremendous courage, even to his death. May the example of his life and death lead us to live lives of faithful service.
Gracious God, you call us to love, you call us to help one another. We thank you for this Dambana at The Grotto. May it be a light of faith and a symbol of the universality of your Church.

Dambana, The Filipino Shrine

Dambana is Filipino word for "altar." This shrine is a sanctuary that brings together the faith and culture of the Filipino people.

Its roof is shaped like a salakot, a traditional Filipino wide-brimmed hat. Its walls are made of capiz, a flat seashell commonly used on windows in Filipino homes.

The Dambana was designed by Hermes Mallari.
In the center of the shrine are three stands covered with natural bamboo. Three sculptures are enshrined on these stands.

Our Lady of Dambana , surrounded by three angels representing the three major islands of the Philippines - Luzon, Visayas Mindanao.

Santo Niño de Cebú , the oldest relic in the Philippines. Written on the bamboo stand is the Cebuano "Hail Mary" in Baybayin, the ancient Filipino alphabet.

San Lorenzo Ruiz , the first Filipino saint.

The beautiful sculptures were created by artist Ferdie Sacdalan.

The shrine is a testimony to the bayanihan (community collaborative spirit) of the Filipino people in Oregon and SW Washington, who built this shrine in partnership with The Grotto.
Outdoor Mass and Candlelight Rosary Procession celebrating
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, August 15
7:30 p.m.
The Grotto Plaza

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate this very special Mass.
Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a selection of items related to Dambana, including candles, ornaments and books.

Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop

Come check out the new Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop, where you can find previously-owned treasures. Check back often to see what is new.
Enjoy the peaceful setting of the multicultural shrine path in the Upper Gardens. Dambana, one of the five shrines, sits in a grove of tall evergreens.