Exchange the promise of forever in any of these grand churches. With its intricate décor and awe inspiring architecture, it will be the perfect backdrop as you continue life’s journey with your significant other.
The Manila Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, was the seat of the Archbishop of Manila during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, and still remains the ecclesiastical seat of the Archdiocese of Manila.The present cathedral was constructed in 1954 to 1958 under Archbishop Rufino Jiao Santos of Manila and under the supervision of National Artist for Architecture Awardee, Architect Fernando Ocampo. It was elevated into the rank of minor basilica in 1981 by Pope John Paul II.A popular choice for weddings, the Manila Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines. The façade of the Manila Cathedral is decorated with stunning bronze carvings portraying the church’s significant historical events and giving homage to Mary, the Mother of God. Metal sculptures of bronze, frontal altarpieces, wrought iron grille gates, dividers, chandeliers, and other forms of metal craft give elegance and style to the Manila Cathedral interior as they combine with the finest marbles, the precast concrete ornaments, and stained glass windows.
Address: Cabildo cor. Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines 1002
Telephone: (632) 5273093, 5271796, 5273889, 5283876
E-Mail: email@example.com (Rosalie Coronel, Secretary to the Rector)
SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH
The San Agustin Church is one of the most popular churches in the Philippines, owing its acclaim mainly to its rich history. Located inside the historic Intramuros, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 as one of the country’s Baroque Churches.The interior of San Agustin Church is breathtaking as it forms a cross that is housed by a trompe-lo’eil celing painted in 1875 by Italian artists Cesare Alberoni and Giovanni Dibella. It has prominent baroque touches, especially the ornate carvings on its wooden doors. The church courtyard is graced by several granite sculptures of lions, which had been given by Chinese converts to Catholicism.
Address: General Luna Street, Intramuros, ManilaTelephone: (632) 527 2746, (632) 527 4052
SANTISIMO ROSARIO CHURCH
The Santisimo Rosario Parish is located at the heart of the 21.5 hectare lot of The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas. UST is the only university in the Philippines to have been visited by two popes three times: once by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970, and twice by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.The Church is a grand edifice of stone that is in the middle of the university’s lush greenery and beautiful parks. Unpainted and gray, bleached by the elements, the rugged stonewalls have acquired a character of its own. It faces a large tree-lined field and an impressive grandstand that has been the venue of many of the university’s functions. On its right is the shady Calderon Park where college students usually mill about to study or to simply take in the cool breeze.
Address: University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila
Telephone: (632) 406 1611 local 8315
Website: http://www. Ust.edu.ph
The Malate Church hails from the Baroque period and has a simple beauty that charms many brides-to-be. It faces a small park and is just beyond the glistening waters of Manila Bay. The church was originally built in the 16th century by the Augustinian Priests, and is one of the oldest churches in Manila outside of Intramuros.Malate Church has survived many historical episodes. British soldiers took refuge inside its walls during their occupation of the Philippines from 1762 to 1763. The church was destroyed in 1773, rebuilt, incurred damage in World War II, and was again restored.Malate Church is dedicated to Nuestra Senora de Remedios (”Our Lady of Remedies”), the patroness of women in childbirth. A revered statue of the Virgin Mary in her role as Our Lady of Remedies was brought from Spain in 1624 and stands at the altar.
Address: 2000 M.H. Del Pilar St. Malate, Manila
Telephone: (632) 400 5876 to 77
SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH
The Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, better known as San Sebastian Church, is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.Completed in 1891, the Basillica is noted for its grandiose Gothic design. An architecture of steel frames and glass artworks, it weighs 50, 000 tons, has a floor area of 704 square meters, and has steel spires rising 52 meters high, the Basillica is the first all- iron church in the world, and the only all-steel edifice in Asia and the second in the world after the Eiffel Tower. Adding to the majestic decoration of the church are the richly colored stained glass windows similar to the medieval gothic cathedrals in Rome and Italy. The choir loft, the steel staircase and the century old organ imported from Germany are reminders of the beautiful architecture of the Gothic movement. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973.
Address: Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila
Telephone: (632) 734 8931
The Paco Church was built in 1820 and has, since then, became a witness to several historical events.On December 30, 1896, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine’s national hero, was interred in Paco Park after his execution in Bagumbayan (Luneta Park).The church boasts of a unique interior which includes an egg-shaped ceiling. Because of its cozy dimensions, Paco Church is perfect for small intimate weddings.
Address: 959 San Marcelino St., Paco, Manila
Telephone: (632) 525 7853, (632) 524 2022 local 119
SHRINE OF JESUS
Built in 1999, The Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Way the Truth & the Life is the only church in Roxas Boulevard and one of the newer places of worship in Metro Manila. It is a fulfillment of the dream of late Pope John Paul II to have a center for the young people as he expressed during the World Youth Day celebration in 1995. The Shrine and the Youth Center is a fitting monument to the unprecedented attendance to the Holy Father's Eucharistic Celebration at the Luneta Park, where more than six million people from all over the world gathered, to join the celebration. In the Pope's message to the young people in attendance, he highlighted that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life.The church has a simple beauty that is enhanced by its wooden altar with gold accents and a gorgeous high cove ceiling.
Address: Central Business Park, Reclamation Area, Pasay City
Telephone: (632) 556 6175, (632) 556 6176