Attraction McKinley Road, Manila, Luzon 2004, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Santuario de San Antonio is special ?
The Santuario de San Antonio was built by the Franciscans after their mother church in Manila was destroyed during the second world war. The Franciscans were the second religious order to come to the Philippines, next to the Augustinians. In July 1951, Ayala Corporation donated two hectares of land in Forbes Park, Makati (then a part of Rizal province) to the Franciscans who committed to construct a church and convent on the property. Less than a month later, permission was granted by then Manila Archbishop Gabriel Reyes to construct a church dedicated to St. Anthony de Padua, whose image was transferred from the original church. The newly-constructed church was blessed two years later, and finally became a parish in 1975, spanning the posh villages of Urdaneta, Forbes Park and Dasmariñas.
What to explore at Santuario de San Antonio?
This serene place has a 19th Century Spanish design suited for a traditional wedding the Maria Clara in every bride would love. Set in the backdrop are grand trees and greens providing cleansed and cool air even during the hottest of summer. Both the church’s cream-hued façade and air conditioned interiors speak of simple yet well-maintained elegance, replete with a Spanish-era charm. Its layout is of the usual cross shape, and brides would love marching down the green or red carpet laid over the long aisle before leading to the altar under the dome-shaped ceiling. The church’s grand altar of gold and wood is a magnificent touch of the church’s 19th Century design that is accented by iron chandeliers that gives off soft lighting and homey ambiance. The church is perfectly secluded from the hustles and bustles of the city making it a perfect getaway ceremony venue.
How to get to Santuario de San Antonio?
If you are coming from the north or south: you may ride the MRT-3 and alight off the Ayala station. From Ayala station, look for the "Fort Bus" terminal. From the "Fort Bus" terminal, ride the bus with the signage "East Route" or "West Route." Ask the driver to drop you off at the Aantuario de San Antonio.
If you are coming from Ayala avenue, Makati city: you may ride a bus or a jeepney bound to Edsa, MRT or Glorietta. Ask the driver to drop you off at MRT Ayala station. From there, look for the "Fort Bus" terminal. From the "Fort Bus" terminal, ride the bus with the signage "East Route" or "West route." Ask the driver to drop you off at the Santuario de San Antonio.
- Pastelleria de San Antonio: Eats a must place
- English language mass in nice atmosphere
- A perfect romantic wedding church
- God is present at the Santuario de San Antonio
- perfect wedding venue
McKinley Road, Manila, Luzon 2004, Philippines
Tips for you
Attend the 4:30p Saturday Mass and hear the all male group Koro Ilustrado sing at the mass. Heaven!
Our family always sit beside the Arroyo's which is in the Choir's Area. :)
The church has free (working) wifi. Cool. :)
Listen to the all-male choir
No petal throwing after the wedding ceremony.
That might seem a strange title, but that is a definite plus in humid weather. This is a well established parish in the tonier part of the city, and I'm happy that it's been well maintained all these decades after.I went two weekends in a row while on a visit to Manila.On the first , the A/C was on the fritz, but circulating electric fans kept everything very comfortable. By the following weekend, the A/C was back to full blast - oy it was a tad too cold for me. Ladies, do bring a wrap or light sweater so as not to be chilled.Beautiful and ornate retablo (the area right behind the altar), is filled with numerous statues of many saints. Saint Anthony de Padua takes center "stage" .Very well organized, there is a lector and a commentator so you can easily follow, mass is in English although some responses are in tagalog, which i found extremely moving to hear the entire congregation sing or speak.There was a choir of mostly young men at the Saturday evening mass both times.Many of my friends have had their weddings here, it's just that picturesque.
Forbes Park, is located smack in Manila's central business, commerce, and financial district of Makati. It is the toniest of enclaves in the Philippines, where the rich and famous have palatial homes and embassies and diplomatic chanceries are located.But, like any well planned community developed by the Ayala family, this village has a parish church, in honor of San Antonio, and from where the village has evolved a commercial center.It is across this church where Pastelleria de San Antonio commands respect and an increasingly dedicated following who swear to its menu of Italian and European dishes, deli and a selection of cakes, including the legendary, Malacanang Roll. But I am getting ahead of my tale.This site for the ladies who lunch with pedigree and pelf to match their privilege know what makes this place tick. The food served is topnotch. No scrimping on ingredients, no obtrusive service. It gives diners a good deal. Soups. Salad. Seafood. Pizza. Pasta. Meats. They are all in excellent quality when prepared and divine when served. San Antonio is perpetually in bliss.When one enters, assuming there is a table free during the busy lunch hours of 11 am to 1 pm, one is immediately attended to by the wait-staff who will take your orders from the menu. The appetizer is served, a warm bread basket with a tomato-basil salsa and liver pate to spread over. One can ask for a second bread basket, too and the wait staff obliges. Hearty and pleasurable, indeed for staters. With the bread combo, the appetite is sufficiently whetted. The craving intensifies.I ordered by favorites, caesar salad, spinach pizza on thin crust with chorizo, seafood pasta with prawns, clams, squid and spices on a tomato-based sauce, and for dessert, the Malacanang roll, sponge cake with strawberry filling, which the urban myth proclaims as having been the original recipe served in the palace where our president officially resides. Presidential taste buds for all, this roll.This meal satisfies two diners splendidly.And with coffee in the end, to cap it. The cost of the meal, 2000 pesos (US$50). Not bad for a place where the coiffed and chauffeured- driven crowd and the ordinary Joe like me can partake of its versions of classic italian cuisine that never fails to dazzle, delight, demand repeat visits.Some eating venues are blessed more than others. Pastelleria de San Antonio is one place. One must visit. And pray that a seat is available.
Being situated in the city's richest residential neighborhood has its perks, the church is fully air-conditioned during masses, the place is well maintained. Tourists will find the gold ornate altar interesting.
Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati is a church which speaks of grandeur and opulence. While it is not so big in its dimension, the altar is just sooo beautiful and a perfect setting for a nice wedding.
great assembly place for a run :) there's usually runners assembling here starting from 5am