Visita Iglesia in Manila


Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the only time (except during Manny Pacquiao’s fights) that Manila is transformed into a peaceful and traffic-free city. This is because most Manila residents take advantage of the holiday to go home to the provinces or go out of town for a longer vacation time with family and friends. Those who choose to stay in the city, participate in a religious tradition called Visita Iglesia (church visit).

Here are some of the churches around the city of Manila:


 Baclaran/Redemptorist Church
– National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
– completed in 1952
– houses an icon, Our Mother of Perpetual Help


Baclaran Church 2010


Reclamation Area Church
Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, & the Life


Reclamation Church 2010


Binondo Church
– Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz
– built in 1596 and enlarged in 1608
– exterior: Mexican-Spanish colonial architecture
– San Lorenzo Ruiz, the Philippines’ first saint trained as a sacristan in this church


Binondo Church 2010


Sta. Cruz Church
– Our Lady of Pilar Parish
– originally built in 1619; present building completed in 1957
– exterior: Baroque


Sta. Cruz Church



Manila Cathedral
– Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
– present building completed in 1958
– exterior: Neo-Romanesque
– dedicated to Saint Mary under the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Philippines.


Manila Cathedral 2010


San Agustin Church
– Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
– completed in 1607
– exterior: Baroque


San Agustin Church 2010


San Beda Church
– Abbey of our Lady of Montserrat


San Beda Church



San Sebastian Church
– Basilica Minore de San Sebastián
– built in 1893
– exterior: Neo-Gothic
– seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel


San Sebastian Church



Quiapo Church
– Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
– St. John the Baptist Parish
– exterior: Mexican baroque
– home to the Black Nazarene


Quiapo Church 2004


Ermita Church
– Parish of Nuestra Señora de Guia
– home of the oldest Marian Image in the Philippines, Nuestra Señora de Guia


Ermita Church 2010


Malate Church
– Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Remedios
– built in the late 16th century
– exterior: Baroque
– one of the oldest churches in Manila outside of Intramuros


Malate Church 2010





~ by Happy Sole on April 3, 2010.

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