Beautiful Churches To Visit This Holy Week
Because the long weekend is about more than just taking a break
We know you’re all looking forward to sleeping in on a Thursday and Friday this weekend—we are, too—but let’s not forget what the holidays are really for. Holy Week is rooted in our Catholic history and there are more traditional things to do as opposed to just hitting the beach. There’s the standard Easter Mass and Visita Iglesia on Thursday.
But just because it’s religious does not mean it has to be boring. There are so many beautiful churches in Manila that visiting them is hardly a chore. In fact, it’s more like a tour. And if you’re worried about the crowd, just remember that most people leave the city during these times. Just make sure to be respectful when you’re taking photos.
Our Lady Of The Abandoned
JP Rizal corner V. Gomez Street, Barangay Sta. Elena, Marikina
Don’t judge it for its exterior because the Lady Of The Abandoned is immaculate inside. Which is fitting, because it houses one of the images of the Virgin Mary that was venerated as miraculous. The church is rooted in controversy from when the Jesuits and the Augustinians fought over ecclesiastical control of Marikina.
The architecture is very traditional, with arches framing the crossing and creating a dome over the main altar. You might also be lucky enough to catch the chandeliers lit, which give the entire space a nice and calming glow.
Parish Of The Hearts Of Jesus And Mary
Daily Mirror corner Bulletin Street, West Triangle, Quezon City
The Parish Of The Hearts Of Jesus And Mary is one of the relatively younger churches in the Metro. It started as a modest makeshift altar in 1988 before it was officially consecrated in 1992 in dedication to the late Cardinal Jaime Sin.
Photo via DioceseOfCubao.Ph
The stone structure sports triangular arches that is more modest than the grandeur of older cathedrals. There are also spectacular stained glass windows that add to its overall quaint feel.
Basilica Minore de San Sebastian
Pasaje del Carmen Street, Manila
The Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is most renowned for its Gothic architecture and the fact that it is the only all-steel church in the Philippines, as well as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 1973, the Philippine government named it a National Historical Landmark.
From the ground, the basilica’s nave—the central aisle—rises 12 meters to the dome and 32 meters to the top of the twin spires.
National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
Orense Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati
Originally called Our Lady Of Grace Church, the National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe was established in the 17th century. In 2002, it was declared an Archdiocesan Shrine and then a National Shrine in 2010.
Photo via Facebook/National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
The church hosts the image of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, which has been hailed a miraculous image.
San Agustin Church
General Luna Street, Manila
Inside the walls of Intramuros lies the San Agustin Church, which is layered in history and beauty. What you’ll see is actually the third structure to be built on the site, as the original and second structures were destroyed by fires.
Photo via TripAdvisor
The San Agustin Church was built with stone and is perfectly symmetric inside. It’s iconic and still an inspiration to look at.
Cathedral Parish Of St. Andrew
La Huerta, Parañaque
Though less known, the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew (aka Parañaque Cathedral) is also steeped in history. It was founded in 1580 by Augustinian friars and currently seats the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque.
Photo via Wikipedia/Slickdeejay
The cathedral is where the Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, the Patroness of Paranaque, is located. In 2005, a major renovation was started, which placed the Crucifix at the center of the church, as well as added two side altars.
Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila
This list would not be complete without the Manila Cathedral, which has also been destroyed and rebuilt a handful of times since its initial assembly in 1581. It’s first and foremost a church, but there is so much happening in it that you could spend an hour just walking around. There are statues of saints that were sculpted from Roman travertine stone and several artworks that were made by Italian artists.
Photo via Farzinphoto.com
The Manila Cathedral never fails to live up to expectations, and we completely understand why it’s such a hot location to get married in.