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MANILA CATHEDRAL, Plaza Roma, Intramuros, Manila The seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila is presently the 6th cathedral to rise on the site since 1581. Previous structures were destroyed by typhoons, earthquakes, fire, and the last war. It was rebuilt on the second half of the 1950s through the efforts of Architect Fernando Ocampo and Archbishop Rufino J. Santos. The cathedral incorporated the stone carvings and rosette windows celebrating the Christianization of the Philippines. Light up with its clerestory. Mosaic artwork decorate three of its side chapels.
SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, Gen. Luna cor. Real Street, Intramuros, Manila
The oldest stone church in Metro Manila dates back to 1571. An intricately carved door opens to the church. Of great interest are the Baroque pulpit, molave choir stalls, and an 18th century pipe organ. Like an impregnable fortress, San Agustin has withstood the ravages of time wrought by both nature and by man.
SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH, Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila This small jewel-box church is the first all-steel church in the Philippines and in Asia; and the second in the world. Design for the church was finished in 1883 and was prefabricated in Belgium. The completely knocked-down church was shipped backed to the Philippines in 6 ships. It weighed close to 50,000 tons while its stained-glass windows which are intact until now were, according to Father Ceniza, done in France.
OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE, Antilopo, Rizal
Antipolo is known to be the home of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. History says that this miraculous icon has traveled back and forth between Manila and Acapulco eight times and on several occasions was credited with saving her galleon from destruction by warning the people about an impending disaster.
BACLAYON CHURCH, Baclayon town, Bohol
Located 6 kilometers from the city proper. The church is the oldest stone church in the country, built by the Jesuits in 1595.
DAUIS CHURCH, Dauis town, Bohol Located 3 kilometers from the city proper. This is one of Bohol’s beautiful churches, which has retained its Spanish architecture although it has a semi-modern façade.
LOBOC CHURCH, Loboc town Located 24 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. The second oldest church in Bohol, built in 1608, with a three-storey convent.
LOON CHURCH, Loon town Located 25 kilometers from the city proper. The crowning glory of the Recollect churches in Bohol.
MARIBOJOC CHURCH, Maribojoc town Located 14 kilometers from the city proper. This parish was founded in 1768, built in 1798, and fully constructed after 18 years.
PAOAY CHURCH, Laoag, Ilocos Norte
This fortress-like church is probably the most popular in this area. Styled in “earthquake Baroque”, its walls are strongly fortified by sturdy posts.
BASILICA MINORE DEL STO. NIÑO, Cebu City Shrine of the oldest religious relic in the Philippines, the statue of the Child Jesus. A token of friendship by Magellan to Queen Juana in 1521, the Santo Niño de Cebu has survived fires and other catastrophes throughout the years.
MIAG-AO CHURCH, Iloilo
Located 40 km. southwest of Iloilo City; built in 1768, native façade; a unique explosion of botanical motif reminiscent of Aztec Art. It was declared a national landmark in 1973 and is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list.
SAN JOAQUIN CHURCH, Iloilo
This is the only church in the Philippines with bas-reliefs of historic battles set in Tetuan, Morocco, between the Spanish Christians and the Moroccan Moors.
VALLADOLID CHURCH, Valladolid, Negros Occidental The size of the church and the convent, which was built by the Recollect missionaries in 1851, support some views that the church authorities during those days were the most powerful in running the affairs of the government all throughout the country.
CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PEACE, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental
In the heart of downtown La Carlota, this century-old church is a living witness to the devotion of the predominantly Catholic La Carlotenos. The church has the distinction of one of the very few churches of romanesque architectural design in the province.
BAGUIO CATHEDRAL, Baguio City
Rising above the city skyline are the pinkish hues of the Baguio Cathedral. The cathedral is but one of religious landmarks which dot the city. There is the Bell Temple, north of the city the Maryhurst Seminary with its brilliant gardens, and Lourdes Grotto with its 252 steps to heaven.
SHRINE OF THE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE MANAOAG, Pangasinan
The shrine of Nuestra Senora of "Apo Baket" is situated atop the hill. The shrine is known all over the Philippines. Devotees frequent the church especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
CHURCH OF ST. JAMES, Pangasinan The church was built by the Augustinians in Bolinao in 1609. It houses wooden "santos," nowadays a rarity, with the toll of time and the elements blurring their finely sculptured features. The antique size altar is flanked by two grinning, tongue-protruding aztec visages presumably of Mexican influence and brought over by the galleons trade.
ST. MARTIN DE TOURS, Taal, Batangas
Once the biggest church in all Southeast Asia, it was designed by a Spanish architect-priest and built in the mid-1800s. Taal also possesses a number of other sacred shrines, including the Wells of Santa Lucia, the water of which is reputed to have miraculous healing powers.
SANTUARIO OF OUR LADY OF CAYSASAY, Taal, Batangas
The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is said to be miraculously disappearing from any site where it is brought and appearing at the sanctuary.
BARASOAIN CHURCH, Malolos, Bulacan
The seat of the Revolutionary Congress where the First Filipino Constitution was drafted and ratified.
DARAGA CATHOLIC CHURCH, Albay Built in 1773 by Franciscan missionaries. This is highly prized by art enthusiasts because of its rich baroque architecture. Its very huge structure is considered above-standard. At closer look, it contains archeological relics such as “santos” and religious seals carved articulately on volcanic rocks. These relics are considered priceless and collector’s items.