Visita Iglesia

1. Hello everyone. I am so grateful that I’ve visited a couple of churches while I was in the Philippines. The first one was Padre Pio Shrine in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The structure of the main church is made mostly of indigenous materials such as wood, stone, bamboo, sasa or nipa leaves and sawali or woven bamboo strips. The shape of its roof resembles a salakot, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains. At the top of the roof stands the image of Our Lady of Mercy. The structure is open so that the pilgrims can enter and exit freely.

2. Next stop was the Montemaria, which is strategically located at the southernmost tip of Batangas Bay in Batangas City. The site is 30 minutes away from the central district of Batangas City, and accessible by concrete road and by sea. It is situated on a plateau overlooking the Verde Island Passage and the entrance to Batangas Bay of almost all vessels coming from Southern Philippines and international vessels entering China Sea to use the Batangas International Port. The centerpiece is the 315 feet (96 meters) Statue of Mary, Mother of all Asia, which is dedicated to Unity and Peace of the peoples and countries of this part of the world.

3. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, commonly known as the Lipa Cathedral, is a Romanesque church in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Lipa. The Cathedral was chosen as the seat of the then Diocese of the Lipa in 1910.

4. We also passed by the Our Lady of the Pillar, in Alaminos, Laguna. It was first established in 1815 and is built in the farthest corner of “hacienda de Calauan” owned by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The image of the Virgin Mary kept in this church is said to be miraculous and devotees, with their prayers and petitions, flock here during the festival, honouring the Lady of the Pillar. The church has been recently restored and the exterior design has been well preserved.

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5. The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Manila Cathedral, is the cathedral of Manila and basilica located in Intramuros, the historic walled city within today’s modern city of Manila, Philippines.

6. Last but not the least, is the San Agustin Church, which is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila.

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41 responses

  1. amommasview

    What a wonderful post once again, taking me along with you. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      my pleasure 🙂

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  3. Claudya

    Thank you for the lovely tour.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      you’re welcome, Claudya 🙂

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  4. Junieper/Jesh stG

    Each church has its own beautiful details! Great you could share them with us at All Seasons! That door of the Augustine church is a stunning work of art! Many thanks and have a lovely week!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      always my pleasure, Jesh 🙂 have a lovely week, too!

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  5. Vidya Sury

    The shrines are beautiful and your narrative is interesting. Thank you for sharing! Places of worship are usually lovely to visit. I love the peace that settles inside a church!
    Here via Claudya’s Sundays in my City!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, Vidya 🙂

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  6. restlessjo

    All beautiful places, Lady Lee. 🙂 🙂 I’m sure that many prayers will be said.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      three wishes for every new church! thank you, Jo 🙂

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      1. restlessjo

        Lovely thought 🙂 🙂

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  7. Jill Foley

    Looks like you found some wonderful places to visit.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      I did! thanks, Jill 🙂

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  8. May

    Churches and cathedrals are spaces we never miss the opportunity to visit when we travel. I get such a sense of peace in spaces like these. I often notice common features across cultures—a wonderful reminder that we are more alike than different.
    I am curious if that is vegetation I see atop Our Lady of the Pillar. Is there a rooftop garden there?

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thanks, May 🙂 they are just some trees at the back of the church

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  9. violaetcetera

    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      you’re welcome, Viola 🙂

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  10. Margy

    Looks like a very beautiful way to visit someplace new. – Margy

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, Margy 🙂

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  11. GirlieOnTheEdge

    I too enjoyed your pictorial/word tour today. Visiting older churches and cathedrals is always fascinating, not just for the stories associated with them but for the architecture.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      glad you like the tour, Girlie 🙂

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  12. clark

    excellent photo TToT I enjoyed it because I usually spend time Sunday mornings on reading posts. Thanks for providing locations (as well as photos). One of the fun things to do is look up addresses or landmarks on google earth and then go on streetview. kinda of like being there…sorta.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      glad you enjoyed it, Clark 🙂

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  13. Carol

    Lovely tour of Phillipine churches. The shrine is the one I found most interesting with its unusual roof and being open.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, Carol 🙂

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  14. Pat Brockett

    Thank you for sharing these. I felt like I was on a tour. I love seeing the outside and the inside of such old places of worship.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      glad you love the photos, Pat 🙂

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  15. becca givens

    Looks like a lovely visit — one day, I will get there! Thank you for linking to Nurturing Thursday!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      my pleasure, Becca 🙂

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  16. Meg Evans

    So much history there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  17. Kristi

    What beautiful churches! Thanks for sharing your travels with us.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      you’re welcome, Kristi 🙂

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  18. messymimi’s meanderings

    Beautiful places to visit!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      indeed! thanks, Mimi 🙂

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  19. Peter B.

    The Santo Padre Pio statue is beautiful, as are the churches. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thanks, Peter 🙂 have a great weekend, too

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  20. ladyfi

    Lovely shots.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thanks, ladyfi 🙂

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  21. Timelesslady

    Your church photographs are lovely. I visited your blog from your photograph on Skywatch Friday.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, timelesslady 🙂

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