Friday, April 01, 2011

visita iglesia in manila

staying in manila this coming holy week? Go and do a visita iglesia or just simply visit these beautiful churches then

holy week is about a few weeks from now, and for catholics the visita  iglesia or bisita iglesia has been a tradition of the faithful. and here in the Philippines, visita iglesia or church visits is part of the holy week, usually carried out on holy thursday.  Some say you have to visit seven churches while others said it should be 14 churches, the faithful say or pray the stations of the cross with one station in each church.

i was raised a catholic but the first time i joined this tradition was in 2008 only, we have visited 14 churches in batangas, and the year after that we have visited churches in pampanga and tarlac.
have i told you that i love churches? not because i am a religious person but i just love church architecture and i am a sucker when it comes to old things and most of our churches are centuries old. i haven't doen a visita iglesia yet in manila but i would like to recommend the following churches you should visit come this holy week.

yes, manila is full of churches and they are all beautiful. so herewith are the list of manila churches you can visit.

2. San Agustin Church (Intramuros) -

4. Espiritu Santo Catholic Church (Tayuman)
5. St. Vincent de Paul Parish (San Marcelino St., Malate - inside Adamson University -

6. Malate Catholic Church (M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate) -

8. Binondo Church or Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Quentin Paredes St., Binondo) -

9. Quaipo Church or Basillica Minore of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo) -

10. San Sebastian Church (Quiapo, Manila) -

11. Sto. Nino de Tondo Church (Tondo, Manila)-

12. St. Pancratius Chapel or Paco Park Church (Paco Park, Manila) -

13. UST Church (inside University of Sto. Tomas) - PS i know this isnt the church inside the UST but i dont have the photo of the church but the main building looks like one anyways :)

14. Baclaran Church or the Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine - can't find the church's photo in my archive but this photo is one of the candle offering stand just outside the church. will just replace the photo when i find it.

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