On April 16, 1630, the Society of Jesus inherited the ecclesiastical control of the Marikina area and it established a mission village. It is said that the Jesuits found a visage of the Infant Jesus among the boulders of rock on the bank of the now known as the Marikina River. Because of this, the priests built a chapel on these boulders of rock and christened it as the center of the village then known as Jesus dela Pena (Jesus of the Rock). The site -- where the Marikina Zonta Club built the Roman Garden in 1998 – is believed to be the same spot where the icon of Jesus was seen by the Jesuits. The garden serves as an homage to the Marikina Christian residents who now comprise a large number of the city.
Riverside Drive, Marikina City