Top 5 Churches to Visit in the Philippines
Around 90 percent of Filipinos are Catholics. In fact, the Philippines has the most number of Catholics in Asia. This is all because of the 333-year colonization of Spain which greatly influenced the country’s beliefs. This brought about lots of historical places devoted to Christianity.
Catholic Churches in the Philippines is a symbol of religion, culture, and traditions. These are also certified scenic spots for its architectural beauty and history.
Vacationers don’t just visit these churches to show their devotion but to discover its rich story and how it influenced the whole region.
Magellan’s Cross /Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu City
The Spaniards first arrived in Cebu in 1521. From this point on, they taught Filipinos their way of living and converted them to Christianity. One of the first structures that was planted in Philippine soil was Magellan’s cross. Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who was the first to circumnavigate the world, lead his troops thru the city and immediately celebrated masses there. The historic cross is now situated meters away from Basilica del Santo Niño, a church built on the spot where the image of the child Jesus was seen.
Barasoain Church, Bulacan
Tied to Philippine’s colorful political history is Barasoain Church. Three key events in Philippine history happened here. The convening of the first Philippine congress, the drafting of the Malolos Constitution and the inauguration of two presidents of the country. This church aptly symbolizes Philippines’ democracy.
Manila Cathedral, Manila
Located in the heart the country’s capital is the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila. It is a shrine devoted to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Visitors admire the detailed designs of the whole parish. Apart from the grand structure, different statues and mosaics of saints surround the church. It is located in Intramuros, Manila giving you the option to enjoy other scenic spots activities in Metro Manila after your devotional visit.
Daraga Church, Bicol
You can find Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church or more commonly known as Daraga Church in the province of Bicol. Apart from its great structure and countryside tourism, the church is a reminder of how Daraga rose literally from the ashes after the devastating eruption of Mayon Volcano, especially in the nearby town of Cagsawa. Evacuees went to the next town, and together with the church’s guidance started over their lives there.
Callao Cave Chapel, Cagayan
Travel to a different kind of church and hike uphill to a majestic cave and visit the chapel inside it.
The townspeople’ care and protection for the cave lead them to gather here and eventually celebrating religious activities here eventually converting it to a chapel. While inside, you can appreciate the full beauty of the insides of the cave and see different rock formations.
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