The Visita Iglesia Experience

I’m listing these churches so you can visit them some other time.  For our Maundy Thursday, we visited 6 churches.  It should have been 7, unfortunately, it’s already late so we only had six.

1. St. James the Greater Parish at  Ayala Alabang Village

So first stop is St. James the Greater Parish located at Cuenca corner Ibaan St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City.

I wasn’t able to fully read the plaque but according to that, GF & Partners were the ones who designed the churches and acquired an award for it.

St. James the Greater Parish facade
St. James the Greater Parish facade
St. James the Greater Parish - metal statue
St. James the Greater Parish – metal statue

2. Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine (Archiodioces of Lipa) at San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas

Next, we went to Lipa.  This church looks so cool.

Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine
Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine

The belfry instantly captivated me.  My love to enter a lighthouse beat within my heart.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enter this one even with my urge to do so.

Belfry
Belfry

The Belfry is located at the right side of the church.  The church itself is open, I just don’t know if they do something about it when it rains.

Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine
Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine

On the left side of the church is the St. John Marie Vianney, the Chapel of Reconciliation.

2 Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine (1)
Chapel of Reconciliation Chandelier
2 Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine (5)
St. John Marie Vianney (Chapel of Reconciliation) Interior

There is a passage on the right where you get to go to the Shrine of blessed water.  People gather there to wash or collect some of the spring water, but it’s not potable though.  The potable water were the ones in the pot.

Blessed Water from the spring
Blessed Water from the spring

You will also see a Shrine near the spring’s shelter.

Shrine
Shrine

3. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmel, Mary Meidatrix of all Grace)

The church is a bit of an ordinary but they have a garden at the rear left side of the church.  It’s where “The Vine” can be seen.  They say that Mother Mary showed up beside the vine.

The Vine
The Vine
The Vine
The Vine
The Vine
The Vine

They also have this stained glass where the church’s design can be seen.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel - stained glass at 2nd floor
Our Lady of Mount Carmel – stained glass at 2nd floor

4. Parish of San Sebastian at Lipa City, Batangas

If you are familiar with San Agustin Church here in Manila, then you would also appreciate going here.  They had this dome and arch paintings which seems to be real sculptures on the walls and ceiling.

Parish of San Sebastian
Parish of San Sebastian
Parish of San Sebastian Interior
Parish of San Sebastian Interior
Paintings
Paintings

5. Ang Basilika ng Taal

So before we went to the basilica, we first parked at the Taal Central School.

Taal Central School
Taal Central School
Taal Central School
Taal Central School

So here now is the Basilica…

Ang Basilika ng Taal facade
Ang Basilika ng Taal facade
Ang Basilika ng Taal facade
Ang Basilika ng Taal facade
Ang Basilika ng Taal Interior
Ang Basilika ng Taal Interior
Ang Basilika ng Taal interior
Ang Basilika ng Taal interior

6. Our Lady of Caysasay

Our last stop is at Our Lady of Caysasay, still at Batangas.  Unfortunately, the battery for our cam ran out so I had to use my cellphone’s camera.  It’s a bit dark though.

Our Lady of Caysasay facade
Our Lady of Caysasay facade
Our Lady of Caysasay Interior
Our Lady of Caysasay Interior
Our Lady of Caysasay interior
Our Lady of Caysasay interior

They had this miracle well where you can pay for 20 pesos to light a candle and make a wish.  They say that if your wish comes true, you need to go back there and offer a white flower in return.  I think you can also pay 5 pesos so that the people there can fetch a bottle of water for you from the well.  There are two wells there, one is 6 ft and the other is 11 ft.

Our Lady of Caysasay Miracle Well
Our Lady of Caysasay Miracle Well

For our Good Friday, here are the list of the churches we’ve visited.  We needed to take a longer detour since Ayala Bridge is closed for today.

1. Our Lady of the Abandoned Church (Santa Ana Church)

2. San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel (Tejeron St., Sta. Ana, Manila)

3. Holy Family Chapel

4. St. Pius X Church

5. Paco Catholic Church

6. St. Peter the Apostle Church (Chinese Church)

7. Sta. Maria Goretti Parish

8. San Vicente de Paul Parish (Adamson, Ermita)

9. Manila Cathedral (Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila – Intramuros)

10. San Agustin Church (Intramuros)

11. Sta. Cruz Parish

12. San Sebastian Church

13. St. Anthony Church (Sampaloc, Manila)

14. Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto Parish (Sampaloc, Manila)

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