Attraction Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 1002 Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Manila Cathedral is special ?
The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica (Filipino: Metropolitanong Katedral Basílika ng Maynilà; Spanish: Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Manila), informally known as Manila Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, Philippines, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. The cathedral serves as the see of the Archbishop of Manila, the de facto Primate of the Philippines.
Located at Plaza de Roma in the Intramuros district of the City of Manila, the cathedral was originally a parish church owned and governed by the Archdiocese of Mexico in 1571, until it became a separate diocese on 6 February 1579 upon the issuance of the papal bull, Illius Fulti Praesido by Pope Gregory XIII. The cathedral was damaged and destroyed several times since the original structure was built in 1581 while the eighth and current incarnation of the cathedral was finally completed in 1958.
What to explore at Manila Cathedral?
Now, the Manila Cathedral serves as one of the most visited attractions in Manila by foreigners and locals alike. It is a modern structure with little Spanish and Roman influence. One can easily say that the stone architecture of the church is sturdy enough to face earthquakes and typhoons. Several statues of saints, colored in white, are placed in the front pillars of the church facade. A phrase in Latin is visible which reads “Tibi cordi tuo immaculato concredimus nos ac consecramus” and roughly means “To thee in thy heart, oh immaculate, entrust and consecrate from us”.
Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is currently headed by Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales since 2003. The most notable structures inside the church is the wonderful Roman-inspired altar and the uniquely designed ceiling and carvings. Behind the façade, above the main entrance of the cathedral is the choir loft where the pipe organ and 12 leaf stained glass is visible. The magnificent four-manual organ by Pels Organ Makers of Holland, one of the largest in the Far East, gives liturgical music for the services of the cathedral.
How to get to Manila Cathedral?
One will need to take a jeepney ride going to Mabini and Baclaran and get off at Roundtable where Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila or PLM, a prestigious government school, is placed. Then one may opt to traverse the walls of Intramuros from Baluarte de San Diego located at the back of PLM then turn right at Postigo del Palacio that will lead to the Manila Cathedral or ride a pedicab, a four wheeled bicycle, from PLM to Manila Cathedral for a minimum of PHP20.00.
Traverse the walls of Intramuros from Baluarte de San Diego located at the back of PLM then turn right at Postigo del Palacio that will lead to the Manila Cathedral or ride a pedicab, a four wheeled bicycle, from PLM to Manila Cathedral for a minimum of PHP20.00.
- Mesmerizing facade
- Nice church with a European feel
- The Nicest Church in Manila
- A must see for Church Lovers
- Old spain building
Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 1002 Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines
Tips for you
Manila Cathedral is one of the famous and oldest church in Manila. If your going to see the church you can access thru a Jeep which has a sign of Pier 15 from Santa Cruz church or Quiapo Church. The church is temporarily closed for renovation and if you would like to have a Weekday Masses it was temporarily moved to Arzobispo Chapel.
If you are planning on visiting this landmark, you may want to check first to see if it is open. It is under MAJOR reconstruction right now and you can't go in it. It is not an extremely impressive building on the outside, but then again, it is covered with scaffolding, metal fencing, etc. The exterior, at this point, I am sure does not reflect the interior of the church. There was no indication on the signs at the church when the restoration project would be completed.
Sadly the Cathedral was closed for renovations but the outside was amazing architecture - hopefully when I go back it will be all complete and I can see inside!
Yes, you definitely need to stop in and visit or attend mass at this church. Filipinos are very religious and the majority are catholic with beautiful churches decorated orantely and with such tremendous grandeur. Its definitely nothing you've seen in North America!