Saturday, May 7, 2011

Visita Iglesia 2011

Which means Church Visit, the tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven pilgrim churches as penance. In Philippines, some people expand it to include fourteen churches and say the Stations of the Cross, with one station in each church.

We opted to visit Seven (7) churches in Manila City. 

The Binondo Church - Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish)

Established: 1587

Did you know?
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (1600 –1637), served at the convent of Binondo church as an altar boy.
The octagonal bell tower is all that remains of the 16th century construction.



The Binondo Church Altar





The paintings on the ceiling were the 3 mysteries of the rosary – Joyful, Glorious, and Sorrowful.







The Santa Cruz Church – established by the Jesuits

Established: 1619


The plaza in front of the church

 The Sta. Cruz altar


The Quiapo Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (St. John the Baptist Parish)

Established: No Information but the foundations of the church was built in 1582

This is one of the famous churches in the Philippines because of the miraculous Black Nazarene. The color of the Black Nazarene is due to a fire on the ship carrying it, charring the image from its original fair tone into its present dark complexion.

The Quiapo Church altar

The Manila Cathedral - Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Established: No Information but the foundations of the church was 1571


This Cathedral is inside the walls of Intamuros.

The Manila Cathedral Altar

The San Agustin Church - Shrine of Our Lady of Correa (Immaculate Conception Parish)
Established: No Information but completion of the church was 1607

San Agustin Church is a Roman Catholic Church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed by 1607, it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. No other surviving building in the Philippines has been claimed to pre-date San Agustin Church.
In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the classification "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". It had been named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976. – An excerpt from Wikipedia.  

San Agustin Church Altar




The Malate Catholic Church - Our Lady of Remedies Parish

Established: 1588

The picture is quite dark because it was already 6:30PM when we arrived at the church but the place is very much alive.


Malate Church Altar





The Ermita Church - Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish

Established: 1521

Nuestra Señora de Guia is the patron of Ermita Church and the parish named after her. Her image is the oldest in the Philippines having been discovered on May 19, 1571 around the seashore which is now the site of the Ermita Church by soldiers of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi after he took over possession of the city in honor of King Felipe II of Spain.

It is said that the image must have been one of those brought to the country by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 and must have been sent by the Cebu native chiefs as a gift to one of the rajahs in Manila.

Ermita Church Altar

How to go there?
From Taft Avenue, take a jeepney to Divisoria and get off at Binondo Church.
From Taft Avenue, take the LRT train to Carriedo Station and walk towards Sta. Cruz Church or Quiapo Church.

Enter the Intramuros from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and walk straight at Gen Luna St until you arrive at San Agustin Church. And then a little more steps to reach Manila Cathedral.

From Manila municipal, ride the jeepney going to Baclaran via Mabini. Then tell the driver to drop you off at Malate Church or Ermita Church. Both Churches are along Mabini St.

Tourist Travel Information
Be careful and be alert when going to crowded places. Most of the time Quiapo, Sta Cruz and Binondo Churches are very crowded places.

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