Planning a trip? Those who love to travel know the essence of all travel is about you and your enjoyment. Travelers know that the destination is a major part in planning a trip, experiencing and delving deeper into an unfamiliar places, people and culture is paramount.
Expand your horizons and set your sight to the Philippines, an off the beaten path travel site! An undiscovered paradise made of thousands of islands and white sand beaches all around! A tiny dot in the map of the world, and yet a haven for travelers, backpackers, retirees and even passersby.
It offers awesome tourist attractions, magnificent beaches, hot spring resorts, colorful festivals, hundreds of scenic spots and world-class hotels and facilities. Not to mention the tropical climate, the affordable prices as well as the friendly and hospitable, English-speaking people! You will be glad you came, and we’re sure, you WILL come back for more FUN in the Philippines!
WHERE TO WORSHIP WHEN IN MANILA
Within Manila are plenty of churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship where visitors can spend time for their religious obligations.
We will mention some of them here, particularly those churches with historical value to Manila, and other worship places for other religious sects which as important as well.
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The Manila Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, as 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. See Photo Galleries…
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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. See Photo Galleries…
Quiapo Church, officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, is a church located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, in the Philippines. The church is one of the most popular churches in the country. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes. The church was painted cream after the original Mexican Baroque edifice was burned down in 1928. It is expanded to its current form in 1984 for accommodation of thousands of devotees. See Photo Galleries…
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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. See Photo Gallery…
Today there are more churches, more mosques and temples built around Manila that religious travellers will not be deprived of their own faith when they come to visit Manila either for business or for personal enjoyment and relaxation.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Visit Manila – “The Pearl of the Orient”
- Popular Places in Manila
- Places of Worship in Manila
- Choices of Hotels in Manila
- Tourist Attractions in Manila
- Festivals in Manila