CHURCHES IN MANILA TO VISIT

CHURCHES IN MANILA TO VISIT

Churches in Manila

Visiting the Top Catholic Churches in Metro Manila

Visita Iglesia is a common practice by the Catholics during the Season of Lent.  Pilgrims would roam around the metropolitan and visit different religious sites. In line with this, I have prepared for you a list of the top places of worship to visit right in the heart of the metropolitan. 

List of Must-Visit Churches in Manila

CHURCHES IN MANILA TO VISIT

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne | Churches in Manila |     Photo by Raani Paranas

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne | Taguig 

The barn-style Baroque architecture of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne is an additional feature of the building. The government also recognizes the place as both cultural and spiritual property. 

AddressGen. A Luna St, Sta Ana, Taguig 

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Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew | Churches in Manila |   Photo by Slickdeejay

Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew | Parañaque 

This Cathedral is the seat of the diocese of Parañaque. It was built in 1580 and was declared as a cathedral in 2002. It is, in fact, one of the oldest structures in the entire archipelago. 

Address: 448 Quirino Ave, Parañaque 

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral | Churches in Manila |  Photo by Ramon FVelasquez

Immaculate Conception Cathedral  – Cubao

Situated in Cubao, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is the home of the diocese of Cubao. It was built back in 1950 and became a cathedral in 2003. It follows the combined architecture of Italian and Romanesque. 

Address: 41 Lantana St, Cubao, Quezon City 

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral | Churches in Manila |  Photo by Joymdngo

Immaculate Conception Cathedral | Pasig  

Also known as the Pasig Cathedral, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral was built back in 1573. Now, it serves as the seat of the archdiocese of Pasig. It follows the combined Baroque and modern architecture due to its continuous renovations. 

Address: Pasig, Metro Manila

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Manila Cathedral | Churches in Manila  

 The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | Manila Cathedral, Intramuros

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica or also known as the Manila Cathedral is situated in Intramuros. The combined Neo-Romanesque architecture inspiration of the building adds up to its unique and antique beauty. 

Address: Beaterio St, Cabildo St, Intramuros, Manila 

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Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz | Churches in Manila

Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz | Binondo 

Situated at Binondo, this place of worship is hailed as one of the best churches in the entire country because of its unique beauty before the British invasion. Series of wars destroyed the building, needing reconstruction in 1852. The colorful paintings on the ceiling add to its overall aesthetic beauty. 

Address: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo 

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Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene | Churches in Manila

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene | Quiapo  

The Quiapo Church is famous for its pilgrims. It houses the image of the revered Black Nazarene, inviting numerous visitors across the country, especially during the feast celebration. It also follows the Baroque architecture. 

Address: 363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila 

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National Shrine of our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Churches in Manila

National Shrine of our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Sto Domingo 

The National Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary or also commonly known as the Sto. Domingo Church is hailed as the largest worship buildings in the entire Manila and one of the largest in size in the entire Asian region. It follows a modern Spanish architecture adding to its natural class and elegance. 

Address: 537 Quezon Ave, Quezon City 

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help | Churches in Manila

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help | Baclaran Church

The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or popularly called as the Redemptionist or Baclaran Church is famous for a lot of reasons. For once, its place is convenient for the public. It is considered as the country’s largest Marian place of worship in the country. Expect a crowd every Wednesday since it also happens to be the “Baclaran Day.” 

Address: Redemptorist Road, Baclaran, Parañaque, Kalakhang Maynila

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Nuestra Señora de Gracia  | Churches in Manila

Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church | Guadalupe  

Also known as the Guadalupe Church, this centuries-old religious structure is a hidden gem in the city of Makati. It follows a combined Baroque and Romanesque architecture.

Address: 7440 Bernardino, Makati, 1211 Kalakhang Maynila

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel   | Churches in Manila

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine

The modern architectural beauty of this building makes it ideal for a lot of mass-goers. It has a massive structure and vast area outside. This building was built in 1954. 

Address: 90 4th St, New Manila, Quezon City 

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San Agustin | Churches in Manila

San Agustin Church, Intramuros

The San Agustin Church is also situated in Intramuros. It was established back in 1607, and it has managed to withstand the test of calamities and of time. Now, it is one of the declared Heritage Site of the UNESCO. It is inspired by Baroque architecture. 

Address: General Luna St, Manila 

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San Sebastian   | Churches in Manila

San Sebastian Church

The all-steel characteristics of this building make it unique as compared to the other places of worship in Metropolitan. The structure is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and that makes it even more special for visitors and pilgrims alike. 

Address: Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila 

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Las Piñas   | Churches in Manila |   Photo by Ervin Malicdem

St. Joseph Parish Church (Bamboo Organ Church)

The St. Joseph Parish Church or also commonly called Las Piñas Church, is well-known for its massive bamboo organ built back during the Spanish occupation. In the year 2003, this organ was declared as a National Historical Treasure due to its antiquity. 

Address: 1742 Quirino Ave, Las Pinas 

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Santa Cruz   | Churches in Manila

Santa Cruz Church

Address: Plaza Sta. Cruz, Santa Cruz, 1008 Metro Manila

Ready for your next Visita Iglesia adventure? All you have to do is choose which worship place to visit.  

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21 Comments

  1. Cagalwan, Rianne Denise BSIT 3G

    The catholic institution does not force their employees to be baptized as catholic simply because they respected the rights of each and everyone in their workplace especially that nowadays people all over the world believe and practice diversity. We are all created by one God even muslims, Buddhists etc believe in God only varies in name. Loke we christian we call our God Abba, father while Mislims call Him Allah. The respect of different beliefs are being practiced workdwide to live harmoniously with one another. Even our government and in school Indigenous People and other minority group were privilege to study and work with full support from the government. Being catholic myself, we should respect other people’s religion..

  2. Guarin, Jenelyn J.

    No, therefore our church teach that the role of government and other institutions to protect human life, human dignity, to promote the common good. Work is one such essential responsibility to fulfills the human dignity by providing the needs of their self and their family. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for the human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and our responsibilities to one another, to our families, and society.

    Guarin, Jenelyn J.

  3. Erica Rabotin Estor

    In my own opinion, The catholic institution have not right to force their employees to be baptized as catholic because if their other employees that not want to be baptized in catholic because of their
    believe in their beliefs or culture. If their employees not want to be baptized they cannot do anything if they convince you.

    Erica Rabotin Estor

  4. Clemente, Ma. Arcelie D.

    The Philippines is one of the most Diverse country in asia and in the world, Aside of Diverse in culture, Philippines is also Diverse in Religion. In the Philippines you will discover hundreds or thousands of churches from different religions in the country such as muslim, catholic, Iglesia ni Cristo etc. Most of the Catholic churches are centuries old and still existing today.
    In my opinion, we should stop criticizing each other’s beliefs and never force anyone change their religion based on your standards because we are all different, forcing people from other culture would only cause misunderstanding between other religions and it’s inappropriate to do so and an insult to their culture, beliefs and values. Let’s respect each other’s differences and let’s spread support and positivity to everyone for a peaceful environment.

  5. Tagros, Kim Verlie Joy T.

    We know that catholic institutions is consider as prestige institions in terms of molding the character of thier students. However, in connection to the employees of the catholic institutions, most of them working are baptized as catholic. But considering the individuality, some of them haven’t been already baptized and it should not force them to be a catholic member.
    We have differences that everyone practices in our daily activity. No one could dictate our choice unless it is our conscience to do the specific directions. No one could force us to be in majority.
    That’s why diversity speaks of. And if we force the employees, thier rights of freedom to choose will be vaiolated and at the same time we violate the spiritual beings of a person as well. So, there should have not force to practice and that’s my argument.

  6. San Jose, Angely Ann B.

    For me, work can be seen anywhere but yet hard to find. Most of filipinos lost their jobs during the start of pandemic. And many people explore themselves in religious terms. Speaking of religion, catholic are the most numbers of religion in the philippines. Being baptized in a church has been a tradition. Here we are in a 20th century, people have rights to be respected for what they believe. Being force the employees to be baptized as a catholic. I think they should be more focus in a employee’s character and personality. Religion might not be an option, and it depends on a situation. I have friends who are willingly to serve God and theres nothing wrong with that. All i can say is to be kind to everyone and respect their decisions.

  7. Lo, Mark Anthony R.

    a person should not be forced to baptize himself just for work because each person has something to believe and we should respect it. not all people can be forced to change their beliefs and lower our beliefs.

  8. Wilfred santillan

    Catholic institutions should respect the belief of each individual specially for their personal faith and religious belief, though the Philippines has the religious majority of roman catholics, we must consider that it is not the root belief of our ancient ancestors, and religion should not be part of how institutions determine and evaluate the capacity of their employees.

  9. Magbanua, Shena L.

    In my opinion, the Roman Catholic Institution should not force their employees to be baptized same as religion they have. It’s because each individual has the right to choose what religion they want to practice. In addition, as long as the employees in the Institution respect the Roman Catholic beliefs and practices, just like the Sign of the Cross when they start and end their prayer, perform a Holy Rosary as a form of their meditation and sacrifice, etc., it is acceptable to remain as employees of the Institution no matter what religion they are baptized in.

    Magbanua, Shena L.
    BSIT 3G1

  10. Altamera, Jan Crystal M.

    In my own entitled opinion catholic institutions doesn’t have any rights to force their employees to be baptized. Diversity talks about the differences of every individual in the certain society. Inline with the questions and the topic – Filipinos are known for its diverse cultures and influences. Every land that belongs to the Philippines contains its own different beliefs, moral and ethical principles. The best response on this question is people must learn to highlight and practice the values of respects to the individual differences of one another . Furthermore religion should not be the primary basis in qualifying the certain individuals for the jobs but it must be in the performance and skills that he/she has is the proper basis.

  11. Kimberly E Maglasang 3G1

    No, they should not force employees to be one of them because every employee has the right to choose their religion and they should respect them.Companies should show awareness about their employees practice and respect their decision because not everybody believes in the same things.Furthermore companies who practice accepting the unique background of their employees have an impact to promote harmony and to avoid misunderstanding and the possibility of losing their employees.

  12. Caro, Jean A

    I’ll start with the statement that goes Philippines is a free country and so its people. We choose our own religion or spiritual organization out of our freedom, but if it is by force we join that organization it does not support their claim of freedom. So it means my answer is no, a big NO. Because if we use force it’s already violating their rights as a human to choose freely of what they want to believe,they can persuade but not force. The working quality of a person does not base on what religion he/ she is belonged to so its a nonsense forcing someone to be baptized in your specific spiritual organization. We must choose respect and give value to spiritual diversity.

    -Caro, Jean A.

  13. Caro, Jean A

    I’ll start with the statement that goes Philippines is a free country and so its people. We choose our own religion or spiritual organization out of our freedom, but if it is by force we join that organization it does not support their claim of freedom. So it means my answer is no, a big NO. Because if we use force it’s already violating their rights as a human to choose freely of what they want to believe,they can persuade but not force. The working quality of a person does not base on what religion he/ she is belonged to so its a nonsense forcing someone to be baptized in your specific spiritual organization. We must choose respect and give value to spiritual diversity.

  14. Pederiso Enna Mae S.

    In my humble opinion
    about in the article , I would like to say that Catholic institution /church , must not force there employees to have baptism .Since I do believe in the essence of diversity , wherein respecting other’s preferences , choices , beliefs,and principles in life should be in mind .
    Despite I myself believe that baptism is sacred and important ,but if someone doesn’t want to do it ,then give them their freedom to choose .
    Because all people have the right to choose what they want to follow and what to practice in their daily life .As we all know that from the beginning there is no religion ,it’s just came out from people’s faith , although strong faith is a must ,but sometimes too much faith is not helpful and healthy anymore .It can lead to destructions of someone’s life . That’s why respecting everyone practices ,and beliefs in life ,is significant to reinforce strong diversity . Because at the end of the day religion can’t save us , it’s our own strong faith with humbleness will always be a powerful tool we can use to build a strong connection with our Almighty God, and to have a healthy, and as well as peaceful life .

  15. Niebla, Marilyn M.

    We humans have a right to religion – what to believe and what not to believe, we hold our own values, and beliefs. For me, being a Christian is based on the religion of our parents. Since, we were born our parents took us to church to be baptized as a Christian. We cannot force a person who is not a Roman Catholic to join our religion especially to us Filipinos because our country is a democratic which means that each of us has the power to choose to decide by advertising each organization. In addition, it is not the business of a Christian Institution to force employees or any person in general to convert and change their religion. Rejecting job applicants because they are not Christian is a form of discrimination and forcing them to change their religion deprives them of their free well and right to religion. We should stop thinking that Christianity and our God are more noble and should be worshiped compared to other Gods because as a Christian myself, I strongly believe that people who call themselves Christians but discriminate against other’s religion and hating people who don’t believe in our God are hypocrites and not true followers of Jesus.

    – NIEBLA, MARILYN M.-

  16. Pia Marie S.Dialing

    Catholics must not force the employee to be baptized because even though most Filipino are Catholic every one of us has our own beliefs. Maybe others do not agree but we must respect and honor them. But in fact, a lot of Catholic leaders or even religious leaders are forcing their employees to be baptized because it is their job to follow the rules of an institution or Religion. For example, in my previous school, the teacher and employee are forced to be baptized because it is a requirement to work in a Catholic school.

  17. Prior to the start of colonialism, no particular religions were mentioned in the past. Stone, the sun, moon, water, air, nature, and gods and goddesses are all revered. Later, the human race became diversified thanks to the colonizers’ introduction of certain religions like Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, and Islam. Roman Catholic, Muslim, Aglipay, Baptist, Pentecostal, Latter-day Saints, and other religions are among those practiced around the world. Due to the Philippines’ varied racial and ethnic makeup, Catholics would not be coerced into joining the Catholic Church, as was the case in the past when deciding on a religion.
    Since of the diversity that existed even before the earth was created and because people come from varied of racial and ethic backgrounds and nations, different cultures and traditions, religions, and doctrines, have all been embraced. Catholic organizations never had a special basis to compel its employees to adhere to their teachings and customs.

  18. Canag Rodelina O. BSIT3-G1

    In my own perspective, I  think Catholic Institution are not forcing their employees. Why do I say so? It’s because every family here in our country which is the Philippines, has a right to decide what religion they want to. However it is one of the influence of Spain to introduce the Christianity to the Philippines. As far as I  know, Magellan was the one who expand the Catholic religion. The majority of Filipinos is catholic, because of the extensive period when  our country was occupied by the Spanish . People in 20th century influenced us, not only in our country but in other countries too.

  19. Christy Mae Francisco

    For me it shouldn’t be force or get force because every person had their own choices and they can freely choose what their wants or choose the things that they made their selves comfortable by choosing the path that they think they’re safe in a certain places they where . But the most important is they should have strengthen their faith so that they could be always positive to those negativity in their surroundings.

  20. May the Almighty God Bless our churches, our priests, our country and the Filipino people. Guide and guard us Lord that your will be done always. Enlighten and heal our leaders that they may do your will alwsys on our country and people. Most Blessed Virgin Mother pray for us.

    • Balibad, Shaira M.

      For me, Catholic Institution should not force their employees to be baptized as catholic because everyone has its own will and choice. We have to ask them first to show them respect because their will and involvement in their decision matters. That kind of actions are really not considered valid and so only themselves are allowed to decide and choose the religion they want and the only thing the catholic institution can do is to understand, consider and respect that.

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