5 Pilgrim Churches in Metro Manila

Posted by on October 19, 2013

As I was browsing through my Facebook one evening, I found a notification from a friend posted in one of my Facebook groups. She shared a link from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila site where the Archbishop, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, declared five churches around the metropolis to be Pilgrim Churches during the Year of Faith.

I have traveled for different reasons and purposes: business, relaxation, volunteerism and communing with nature. I always wanted to do some sort of traveling for spiritual rejuvenation as what many pilgrims do. So when my friend invited us to join her to visit these five churches, I immediately jumped ahead and gave my confirmation.

The pilgrimage, though only for a day, gave me a sense of joy and thrilled me physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually. I wrote a different piece on that spiritual experience but in this post I’ll share with you certain details about the churches we visited.

National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

#4 Sacred Heart St., San Antonio Village, Makati City

The shrine was built in 1976 at the heart of Makati. It is near the commercial business district as well as in a residential area in the city. On June 15, 1982, Vatican gave the church the title of National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the Jubilee Year 2000, the church underwent a major renovation and its main altar has a magnificent rendition of the Sacred Heart. On its side alter, the relics of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque are enshrined.

The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus stands serene as the commercial business district appears in its backdrop.

The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus stands serene as the commercial business district appears in its backdrop.

 

Pathway at the church's side entrance.

Pathway at the church’s side entrance.

Church interiors.

Church interiors.

 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus image.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus image.

The altar.

The altar.

Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Maysilo Circle, Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong

In the church’s website, it stated that “The Archdiocesan Shrine’s history began on November 18, 1968, when the Ortigas and Co. Limited Partnership executed a Deed of Donation to the then Municipality of Mandaluyong, indicating that a 2,507 sq. m. area of land be the site for a Catholic church. But it took another 20 years before this dream for a new shrine finally took shape—in 1988, upon learning about the donation, the Plainview Homeowners and Residents Association, Inc. (PHRA) initiated the move to claim the lot and build a new church.”

The church is built at the very core of the city, within the compound of the city hall. The church is a venue for prayer gatherings by various Catholic organizations within the city.

The Divine Mercy Shrine.

The Divine Mercy Shrine.

Stained glass image overlooking the circle.

Stained glass image overlooking the circle.

Angel statue.

Angel statue.

Cherubim and the view of the altar.

Cherubim and the view of the altar.

Divine Mercy image.

Divine Mercy image.

 

St. John the Baptist Parish

140 Pinaglabanan Street, San Juan

Also known as the Pinaglabanan Church, St. John the Baptist Parish was built in 1896 by Architect Luis Arellano with the help of Mariano Artiaga and Martin Ocampo. It was built during the time of the uprising of the Filipinos against the Spaniards. The church was damaged during this time and was rebuilt several times through the course of its history.

Facade of the church.

Facade of the church.

Image at the facade of the church.

Image at the facade of the church.

Church interiors.

Church interiors.

Stained glass images.

Stained glass images.

The church tower.

The church tower.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

910 Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila

This is one of the popular churches in the Philippines, especially during the Feast of the Black Nazarene where thousands of devotees troop to the church and join the procession around the city. It is also called as the Quiapo Church and has a history that dates back in 1586. It was destroyed several times by fire and natural disasters.

Church facade.

Church facade.

Angel by the door.

Angel by the door.

Church interiors.

Church interiors.

The altar.

The altar.

 

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Church

2130 F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City

The church, established by the Society of St. Paul in 1941, was the church where the late Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, parents of the current President, tied the knot in 1954. Its fiesta is celebrated every first Sunday of May.

Our Lady of Sorrows facade.

Our Lady of Sorrows facade.

Another cherubim.

Another cherubim.

Church interiors.

Church interiors.

Stained glass images.

Stained glass images.

The altar.

The altar.

 

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