TAAL BASILICA | MASS SCHEDULE | BATANGAS

TAAL BASILICA | MASS SCHEDULE | BATANGAS

Taal Basilica, Batangas + Mass Schedule. Photo  by Junsierra

The Taal Basilica of Batangas and Mass Schedule

I have always been fascinated by visiting historical places, either local or abroad. I have the habit of tracing back history and visiting sites that holds unique characteristics or features. In the Philippines, one of which is the Taal Basilica. With its proximity to Metro Manila (about a couple of hours away), this church is indeed a place to visit.

TAAL BASILICA | MASS SCHEDULE | BATANGAS

Taal Basilica, Batangas + Mass Schedule. Photo   by Lragasa

The Taal Basilica or also known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours is located at Taal, Batangas and is supervised by the Archdiocese of Lipa. It is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, who also happens to be the patron saint of the place. It was built back in 1575 under the supervision of Father Diego Espinar (O.S.A). Continuous building and strengthening of the church took place in 1624, 1754, and 1777. Earthquakes and other catastrophic calamities hit the church. Though a part of it was damaged, people were able to rebuild it. In 1974, the Taal Basilica was declared as a National Shrine under the Presidential Decree No. 375. For the past four years, a series of earthquakes significantly damaged the church and the bell tower. But with the work dedicated to restoring it into its original structure, continuous renovation and retrofitting are already taking place.

TAAL BASILICA | MASS SCHEDULE | BATANGAS

Taal Basilica, Batangas + Mass Schedule 

Architecture

The altar of the church is inspired by Doric architecture, and it is about 79 feet high and 33 feet wide. The overall structure of the church was made up of solid adobe and coral stones while the tiles were imported from Europe. The vast area of the church makes it look majestic, especially with the overall elegance of the combined ionic and Doric architecture. Outside the church, there is a small tower that contains a large bell at the top.

Taal Basilica, Batangas + Mass Schedule. Photo    by Eric Jam

Interior

The combined white and peach color of the church inside makes it look lighter and brighter. Contrary to other ancient churches, the Taal Basilica does not trigger any scary or weird vibes. It is, in fact, very light and chills in general. The intricate way of painting the wall inside gives a three-dimensional feature, leading to different patterns. The altar area has numerous images of angels and saints. Thus, the light coming from the churches’ dome is also another spot to look forward to.

Fiesta

November 11 of every year serves as the feast celebration of the town and the church. Just like other festivities in the country, except that there would be numerous activities prepared by the church and for the local government unit. These activities aim to give you the utmost entertainment and satisfaction.

Taal Basilica, Batangas + Mass Schedule. Photo  by Ramiltibayan

Trivia

The Taal Basilica is hailed as the largest church in the entire country and Asia as a whole. Yes! This church indeed is a titleholder. It is standing in 291 feet long, and it covers 157 feet wide. With such a vast area, visiting this church is an ideal thing to do among pilgrims and tourists alike.

Are you now thrilled to get a glimpse of the largest church in Asia? Come here and visit the Taal Basilica.

Taal Basilica Mass Schedule

  • Thursday – 5:00 AM
  • Friday – 5:00 AM | 5:00 PM
  • Saturday – 5:00 AM | 6:00 AM
  • Sunday – 5:00 AM | 7:30 AM | 9:30 AM | 5:00 PM

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26 Comments

  1. Queenie Mae Gargallano BSIT 3F3

    With the diverse spread of religion here in the Philippines, employers should not force their employees to follow other religions beliefs just because the company said to do so. The company should also respect other peoples religion ang their beliefs and disregard the thought of having the majority of catholics and not force others of other religion just for the sake of the company.

  2. Virgel S. Gabud

    No, because every people have different perspective in life so they choose what most fit for them every person has belief and faith in life that they follow from the day they are born until now. For me being in other religion doesn’t affect the work in company it is from the performance of the employee if they are capable in that work.

    Virgel S. Gabud

  3. In my opinion, I disagree to the idea that the catholic institution should force their employees to be baptized as catholic because everyone has the right to choose what they believe is right. As a catholic person myself I respect all people no matter what religion they are. Everyone should embrace diversity and understand one another because in that way we can find peace and harmony.

    Gisnil S. Giltendez BSIT 3-F3

  4. Jan Marie Uy

    No, they should not force their employees to be baptized as Catholic unlike other religions that force you to enter or go to their church and they will say that those who believe will listen to them, but that they will be persuaded once and force them to convert you to their religion. Because they have their own rights and beliefs as an individual as well. They should respect their employees for what they believe or should not be compared what they belief and what’s your beliefs that should be treated fairly despite in their religion beliefs and practices. Even if others believe differently in their religions we know that being unity and build an inclusive environment as work together as a team in short one for all, we are all for one and grant time off to employees for religious reasons and have open throughout your relationship like friendship, generous, acceptance, compromise and appreciation. To show them good manners because we know that in the eyes of God we are all equal.
    Jan Marie D. Uy BSIT 3F3

  5. Maria Ennah G. Zamora

    In my opinion, no one should be forced to be baptized whatever religion there may be. I believe a person should have their own set of beliefs and this should be inclined with our topic DIVERSITY. For instance I’m an employer I would hire employees whether they are baptized with any religion or not because it’s their choice. And hiring non-catholic personnel could also contribute things on my institution that other catholic baptized could not. That’s where DIVERSITY comes it’s always good to be with someone with different culture traditions or beliefs so that exchanging of ideas or knowledge wouldn’t be repeated over and over again.
    MARIA ENNAH G. ZAMORA
    BSIT 3F3

  6. Mae Rose D. Belecina BSIT 3F-3

    I believe it is not appropriate to force someone in things that they don’t want to. So it is a no for me, we all have our freedom to choose what we want and neglect we don’t want. Forcing the employees to baptized in catholic is I can consider as discrimination to the rights and choices of an individual. As long as they can do their jobs and they are qualified to that position regarding of what religion they belong, they should not be force to baptized in catholic religion. We should learn how to respect each other’s choices. To relate with diversity, it is really important to learn diversity so that we are all aware of our differences with each individuals specifically in terms of religion.

  7. Hannah Solcorites

    Baptism is seen as the sacrament of initiation into the faith and bestows sanctifying grace on the one who receives it. Infant baptism is the most prevalent type of christian baptizing, although anyone who is not baptized and wants to become a Christian must also get the sacrament. A person may only be baptized once in their lifetime, yet the Catholic Church accepts as legitimate baptisms performed by the majority of other Christian groups. A new self is claimed to emerge after the old self is said to have died in the waves, simulating Christ’s death and resurrection. Given that the sacrament is believed to be necessary for salvation, anyone including those who have never been baptizedncan perform baptisms when necessary.

  8. Sharmaine Bantillo BSIT 3F3

    Definitely not. As a Catholic person, you have no right to force your employee to be baptized as a Catholic. Even though you’re a diverse person, having different kinds of beliefs or practices in life, we can still get along and, according to our last discussion last time about diversity, we should value our differences, accepting who we are according to our differences of ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, color, disabilities, and national religion.
    BANTILLO, SHARMAINE BSIT 3F3

  9. VILLAROSA, KRISTEL JOY R.

    The freedom to choose a religion is one of the many rights that each of us has. I believe that no Religious institution should force thier employees to get baptized in the religion they belong to. We should respect everyone’s choice of religion just like how we respect our own religion. I believe that with diverse religions we can gain each other’s respect. With diverse religions, we can learn from each other’s cultures, traditions, and beliefs without giving up our own traditions.

    Villarosa, Kristel Joy R.
    BSIT 3f3

  10. Mena M. Alolod

    In my opinion, catholic institution should not force their employees to be baptized as catholic because we don’t need to force someone to be the same with us. We must appreciate everyone’s choice because we have our own perspective. Having a difference religion is not a hindrance to have a respect to each and everyone. The employees have the right to make decisions and we must respect them and not impose our will on them.

    Mena M. Alolod

  11. Melvin M. Villanueva

    No, because it’s not right to force your employee to be baptized in your designated religion. I believe that you can’t force someone to believe for what are you believing. You can influence their faith but you can’t force them to change their religion. This is related to our topic in Chapter 4 the Diversity, wherein we tackle about the Workplace diversity that we must recognize and value our differences so that we can work effectively.

    MELVIN M. VILLANUEVA BSIT-3F3

  12. In my opinion, there is no need to force employees to be baptized as a catholic. It does not mean that Catholic institutions are only for baptized Catholic No! The church of taal basilica which is the big church for all catholic but influential by many cultures like buddism and taoism etc. anchor in diversity which means we have different cultures, beliefs and different backgrounds in life. Even though we have different beliefs and religions, we still see each other. We are uniting even if our beliefs are not the same, infact we are even close . If we are not of the same race, gender, and beliefs are not compatible, there is still called unity. Even if you are not baptized, you have your own faith, and belief. Because we respect everyone’s opinions and beliefs. The employees also have right to do what they want and what they don’t. Even though catholic institutions will want employees to follow the baptism as true catholic, employees have a choice whether to follow it or not. Because he was born in only one believed, religion,and grew up in the same believe religion we should respect their opinion.

    Degabi Jonalyn S.
    BSIT 3F3

  13. Khea Joy S. Juanico

    Catholic institution should not force their employees to be baptized as catholic. There should not be any form of discrimination when a person’s only sincere motive is to work, develop his/her skills, and gain financial income. It was taught to us that we should love our neighbor as our self and that includes respecting, accepting, and appreciating other people’s beliefs and faith. Society is composed of diverse kinds of people. But the vital part is that our differences can lift up strength which can be used by the Catholic institution to grow, become effective, and productive. I believe that our uniqueness is identical to opportunities, efficacy, and unity at work.
    – Khea Joy S. Juanico BSIT 3F3

  14. John rovic jurada

    I have always been fascinated by visiting historical places thats why I want to visit taal basilica to Pray , meditate,and relax because one of the relaxing place is the church . This church is indeed a place to visit. No because each one of us have the right to decide our religion . As Baptist we must acknowledge a share in the mistake and the sins of the past many of us have been prisoners of fear. We preached the gospel of God anywhere . But kind of social or cultural discrimination in basic personal right on the ground of religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with Gods design because in Matthew 7:1 Judge not ye maybe not judge
    John rovic jurada

  15. Jessa Mae D. Cajucson

    We as a Filipino, our main religion is Roman Catholic and the rest is a combination of any other different Religions.

    For me, there is no doubt that I would say NO, if a company should let there employees to be baptized as a catholic to work for them. You may ask why?, My answer would be simple, it is not part of their job description, and Religion is not a hindrance nor a disease that will affect others work.
    – Jessa Mae D. Cajucson

  16. Michelle O. Nalangan BSIT 3F3

    For me, catholic institution should not force their employees to be baptized as catholic because employees has a freedom for religion it should be respected and accepted because their expertise should be the priority for the qualification of their institution. To connect this to our topic diversity, despite the differences of each individual, we should learn to accept and respect each other’s differences because we are unique in our own way and we should embrace it.

  17. Anchel B. Erecido

    For me, I would say no. I do not believe that Catholic institutions should force their employees to be baptized as catholic. This is not a good thing to do because it could give a bad impression of Catholicism and also it could lead to religious intolerance. I am in favor of allowing people to practice their own religion and respecting other people’s religions. I feel that if a person does not want to be baptized as a Catholic, then they should be able to have that choice without being forced by the church. I think that it would be better if Catholic institutions allow their employees to choose whether or not they want to become Catholic, but not forcing them into doing so.

  18. Nicole L. Robante

    In my opinion, No one should be forced to change their religion or anything within themselves just to join a particular institution. If the institution requires an employee to be a baptized catholic, then it should be clearly stated on their list of qualifications to give the applicants time to decide for themselves. Everyone of us has the right to choose our own religion and it is kinda disrespectful to force someone. If you force the employees there is no diversity within the instituiton because its unfair for the employees. In order to have peaceful institution we need to respect others religion as we respect our religion. Lets accept others differences so that we can have a good communication to each other.

    Nicole L. Robante BSIT 3F3

  19. Lenie Esmeralda

    For me, No they should not force their employees to baptized to become a catholic because every individual has a right to have a freedom to choose their religion. As an individual who chooses to have a different religion should respect and accept each others differences. We need to treat other people fairly in order to us to receive the same treatment from them also because Diversity is about embarrassing one another uniqueness. LENIE E. ESMERALDA BSIT 3F3

  20. VEA MAE NEPOMUCENO

    In my opinion, we have a right to choose our own beliefs because here in the Philippines we have freedom. We have the right to express our individuality. We can’t decide the belief of the others.And we shouldn’t force them to change their beliefs because we have different beliefs and the thing we must do is respect and love every religion we choose.

    VEA MAE NEPOMUCENO

  21. Katrina Prudente

    Prudente Katrina 3f3

    For me, catholic institution are not or should not allowed to force their employees to to be baptized. Nowadays people are free to choose whatever religious group or religions they wanted to believe. As long as they respect each others beliefs they should not be force to join the religion they do not open heartedly accept. Forcing the to be baptized can lead to disrespecting each others faiths if they cannot obey the religious beliefs. Because in the end, it doesn’t matter whatever religion we belong as long as we have a strong faith in HIM I know that HE will always ve there to guide us.

  22. Katrina Prudente

    For me, catholic institution are not or should not allowed to force their employees to to be baptized. Nowadays people are free to choose whatever religious group or religions they wanted to believe. As long as they respect each others beliefs they should not be force to join the religion they do not open heartedly accept. Forcing the to be baptized can lead to disrespecting each others faiths if they cannot obey the religious beliefs. Because in the end, it doesn’t matter whatever religion we belong as long as we have a strong faith in HIM I know that HE will always ve there to guide us.

  23. louis miguel malaga

    we don’t need to force the employees to follow us because other people have their opinion also to follow we don’t need to force them we have a diversity because if he is an muslim and we are an catholic people we can’t force them because we have an diveristy he have on faith on that religion.

  24. King Ruben D. Sales

    No. Because if there is no diversity in the institution, there will be no respect, love, team work, brainstorming, and unity. In the first place, why would you push someone to change their culture and beliefs? why would you make them change their religion? why would you force them to something they didn’t grew up with? This is why we can’t have nice things.

  25. Aila Mae Javelona

    In my opinion Catholic institution cannot force their employees to be baptized. We have a different beliefs we need to respect and learn. Forcing baptism on anyone is not God’s way. As a christian before we baptized, we must come to believe that we are sinners and need salvation. Water Baptism symbolize the end of an old way of living and a new start.

  26. very well written post, loved your pictures.

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