Visita Iglesia

by RF

Visita Iglesia or Seven Churches Visitation is Roman Catholic Lenten tradition during Maundy Thursdays. My family has been religious in doing this annually. Since I started my current work in 2005, I haven’t participated in religious activities as I should have. I was out of the country during Holy Weeks, either on business trip or personal vacation trip. Frankly, it was only in 2013 when I truly appreciated and value my religion. This year, it was a pleasant surprise that I will be in Manila during Holy Week. Work load was manageable, so I agreed and spent a day and half with my family visiting churches in Metro Manila. I took the time to really pray (can you imagine?), nothing particular, but a general / encompassing  prayer of gratitude. Also, I took this opportunity to marvel the beauty of the devotion Roman Catholics have and appreciate the architecture of each church (overshared in Instagram, sorry, not sorry!). Hope everyone’s having a blessed and fruitful weekend.

Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno

Shrine of Jesus – The Way, the Truth and the Life

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Holy Door at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Our Lady of Remedies Parish / Malate Church

The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

Basílica Menor de San Sebastián / San Sebastian Church

Basílica Menor de San Sebastián / San Sebastian Church is the only gothic church ever built in the Philippines. It is also the only prefabricated steel church in the world; prefabrication was done in Belgium. Allegedly, Gustave Eiffel was involved in the design and construction of this church.

National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels / San Miguel Church

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto / Sampaloc Church

Saint Anthony of Padua Shrine

Santuario del Santo Cristo / Church of San Juan del Monte

Santuario del Santo Cristo / Church of San Juan del Monte

Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy

National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

San Antonio de Padua Parish Church. My parents are parishioners of this church since 1977; my dad since 1975. My dad decided to purchase a lot and start a family in this neighborhood because St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of the area. His mother / my lola was a devotee of St. Anthony.

St. Padre Pio Chapel

Christ the King Parish

National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. This church is very special to me; I received the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation here. Also, I’ve spent significant hours learning Catholic songs (for the mass) and the bible here during my elementary days. Nostalgia.