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14 Churches In A Day : My Visita Iglesia 2017

Visita Iglesia is one of the traditional religious activity done by Filipinos every Lenten season especially during the Holy Week (particularly done every Maundy Thursday or Good Friday). Visita Iglesia is basically a Spanish term that means “to visit  church”, a Roman Catholic Lenten tradition in which Catholics are encouraged to visit seven churches but sometimes it could be 14 much like what my family did this Holy week.

They said that this tradition originated in Rome as early pilgrims visited the seven basilicas as penance. This tradition was adapted in many countries. During the Visita Iglesia, pilgrims will visit one church after another and in each church, they will recite one or two Stations of the Cross (depending on the number of churches). In our case, we were able to visit 14 different churches in Cavite in one day so we just had to recite one Station of the Cross per church.

Visiting fourteen churches in Cavite in one day is not really a new challenge for us. We actually took the same route last 2015 (Check My Visita Iglesia 2015). We took the Southern Route of Cavite (you can also check Cavite Pilgrimage Tour Western Route) and allow me to share it with you. I have blogged almost all the churches on this list so I’ll provide the link below each image so you can get more details about them.

IMG_1364t1. Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, Cavite – The church was built in 1737 making it one of the oldest churches in Cavite. The church was also located few blocks away from the historical Aguinaldo Shrine (Check: Exploring Aguinaldo Shrine).  On its convent, you’ll find an ecclesiastical exhibit featuring some relics and items related to their patroness, Saint Mary Magdalene and also some historical items related to Emilio Aguinaldo (Check : Saint Mary Magdalene Exhibit) . You can check more details about this church in this post Saint Mary Magdalene Church ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1396t2. Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite – Another church in Kawit Cavite which is relatively new but distinctively beautiful. It features a very serene atmosphere with an open altar showing a huge grotto of Our Lady of Fatima along with the three children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. The church was built in December of 1996. Check : Our Lady of Fatima Parish of Binakayan ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1414t3. Saint Michael Archangel Parish in Bacoor Cavite – The new addition in our list is the Parish of Saint Michael Archangel in Bacoor. It was another historically significant church which was built since 1669. The first church was initially built with Bamboos and nipa leaves until it was renovated in 1824 to 1872 with adobe and tegula as main materials. The renovation took 48 years before achieving its current state.  The church was located on the former Bacoor City Hall which is just few blocks away from the Famous Digman Halo-Halo (Check: The Famous Digman Halo Halo of Bacoor) and also the historical Bahay na Tisa~ More Photos Here
IMG_1417t4. Imus Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar) in Imus, Cavite – The seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Imus, the diocese that has jurisdiction of all the Catholic parishes in Cavite. The parish is under the patronage of two. First is the Our Lady of Pillar and Saint John the Baptist who is considered as the patron saint of the city. The present church was constructed in 1823 when the town proper was moved to Brgy Balangon. The Cathedral is just in front of the Imus Plaza (Check : General Licerio Topacio Plaza in Imus). Check more details about this church in this post : Revisiting Imus Cathedral ~ More Photos HereIMG_1484t5. Immaculate Conception Parish in Dasmariñas, Cavite – . The Immaculate Conception Church is actually the first Catholic church established in the city of Dasmariñas The stone church was constructed right after the establishment of Dasmariñas as a separate parish in 1866. Check: The Immaculate Conception Church in Dasmarinas, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1507t6. Our Lady of Candelaria Parish in Silang, Cavite – The parish was first established on February 3, 1595 where they initially built a small chapel made of light materials under the patronage of St. Diego of Alcalá and a small school and took charge of Silang until 1611. The stone church was built from 1637 to 1639 and was placed under the patronage of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Our Lady of Candelaria) in 1640. Check : Our Lady of Candelaria Parish in Silang Cavite  ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1547t7. Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay –  Pink Sisters or officially known as Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy is a chapel of a cloistered order of nuns wearing pink habits, thus they were called the pink sisters. Check : Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1564t8. Angels Hills Retreat Center in Tagaytay -It’s getting dark and we still have 7 more churches to visit. Angels Hills is basically a Retreat and Formation center which is  just few walks away from the Pink Sisters convent. It is founded in 1999 and covers a total of 2 hectares of land. Check : Angels Hills in Tagaytay, Cavite ~ More Photos HereIMG_1588t9. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay – Another church in Tagaytay is the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Known as the Healing Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Tagaytay City is administered by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The church’s reputation as a miraculous and healing shrine is favored for Catholic weddings. It is said that couple who hold their weddings here will be granted healing and blessing right from the very moment they say their “I Do’.  Check : Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay  ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1598t10. Saint Augustine Parish in Mendez , Cavite – The small and peaceful town of Mendez has St Augustine Church which is really accessible as it can be found at the highway across the town plaza. One thing I love about visiting this church is the overwhelming greetings from their parishioners. We are always warmly greeted by them and they even offer free meals to the pilgrims.  Mendez Church or officially known as St. Augustine Parish was was established in 1881 although other sources were claiming that it was established around 1712 but the church was destroyed during the second world war. Check: Saint Augustine Church in Mendez   ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1345t11. Saint Gregory the Great Church in Indang, Cavite – Indang Church was originally a chapel established in 1611 but later became a full pledged parish in 1625.  The church was impressively restored capturing the 18th century atmosphere with highly articulate and decorated ceilings and walls that reminds me of those churches in Batangas (Check Batangas Pilgrimage Tour).  Check : The Stunning St Gregory The Great Parish of Indang. ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1628t12. Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish in Trece Martires , Cavite – Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish has a very interesting facade. They have a huge balcony on top with a life-sized image of Saint Jude. It has an arch-shaped facade facing in four different direction forming a cross-like shape if you viewed it from top. Check : Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish in Trece Martires, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
20170413_22550213. Saint Francis of Assisi Church in General Trias, Cavite – History wise, the first church in General Trias was established under the Franciscan orders in 1611 and it was just a subparish of Kawit Cavite. In 1753, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish became a separate parish and the first stone church was erected in 1769. Outside the church lies a small building that is almost identical to building that houses the Magellan’s Cross in Cebu. It houses  a sculpted image of Saint Francis of Assisi from a century old Acacia tree. Beside the church is a convent musuem  (Feel free to check – Museo De San Francisco de Malabon, The Porziuncola-Inspired Adoration Chapel and the Historical Acacia Tree). Check: Revisiting the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish / San Francisco De Malabon Church in General Trias, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
20170413_23432114. San Roque Parish Church in Cavite City ~ Of course, we concluded our Visita Iglesia in our very own parish church in Cavite City, the San Roque Parish church where the miraculous Nana Choleng (Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga) is currently enshrined. Check : Feast of Our Lady of Porta Vaga

Unlike our last Cavite Pilgrimage, we managed to complete all the 14 churches a little early despite of some accidents we encountered along the way. We are so grateful that we managed to visit all the 14 churches in Southern Cavite and went back home safe and of course, spiritually enlightened.

You can also check the complete List of Churches in Cavite For Visita Iglesia

[Events] Pasion Y Gloria Exhibit in Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) is currently hosting an ecclesiastical exhibit known as the Pasion Y Gloria. The exhibit will showcase different Filipino Religious images that are usually used during Lent or the so-called cuaresma (forty days of Lent, fasting, reflecting, and penitence) . These images include antique pieces from family collections which date back from as early as the 17th century, as well as newly crafted images by talented Filipino artists.
IMG_1530tThe exhibit started since March 19 and will conclude this coming April 2 so you still have enough time to visit the Cathedral and witness these wonderful images.
IMG_1390tThe exhibit covers three chapels of the Cathedral but I was only able to visit one 🙁IMG_1393t
IMG_1412tThe first chapel welcomes you with some of the religious artworks made by a well known sculptor Isabelo Tampico. We have seen most of his works on display at National Museum (Check : Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting National Museum)IMG_1398tAnother Tampico’s masterpiece entitled “Ecce Homo” a Jesus sculpture made from Cold cast Carrara Marble and is made since the late 19th century.IMG_1408tNuestra Señora Delos Dolores De Turumba on Oil Canvas. The image belongs to John Felix-Santos CollectionIMG_1419tMater Dolorosa Ora Pro NobisIMG_1421tAnother antique Marian image on displayIMG_1430tSeñor Dela Pacencia , a 17th century old sclupture depicting the image of Jesus seating after being scourged at the pillar.IMG_1437tLa FlagelacionIMG_1450tScourging
IMG_1451tAnother Señor Dela PacenciaIMG_1469tSan Pedro Apostol (Saint Peter)

List Of Churches In ZAMBALES for Visita Iglesia

Now that Holy Week is nearly approaching, you might be thinking on where you want your Visita Iglesia would be. Visita Iglesia is one of the traditional religious activity done by Filipinos every Lenten season (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in particular) where they will attempt to visit seven different churches and recite the Station of the Cross with them. Some will even attempt to visit fourteen churches to symbolize all the fourteen stations. Considering that the majority of religion in the Philippines is Roman Catholic, the country has so many churches to offer and now I am listing down some of the Churches in Zambales you might consider visiting this Holy Week.P3124180t1. Cathedral of Saint Augustine / Iba Cathedral – Iba Zambales (Check : Cathedral of Saint Augustine of Iba Zambales)

3548365846_06af9a9d71_b2. Saint Michael The Archangel Parish Church – Sta Cruz, Zambales (Image Source)

1259227483. St Vincent Ferrer Parish Church – Candelaria, Zambales (Image Source)

san andres parish church-masinloc, zambales4. San Andres Parish Church ( Masinloc Church) – Masinloc Zambales (a Cultural heritage church) –(Image Source)

P3124267t 6. Ina Poon Bato Church – Loob Bunga, Botolan, Zambales (Check : The Ina Poon Bato Church in Botolan Zambales)

Botolan_Church_in_Zambales_facade7. Sta Monica Church – Poblacion, Botolan, Zambales (Image Source)

P3124280t8. Saint Rose of Lima Parish Church – Cabangan Zambales (Check : Sta Rosa De Lima Catholic Parish Church of Cabangan, Zambales)

P3124292t9. San Sebastian Church – San Narciso , Zambales (Check : San Sebastian Church in San Narciso, Zambales)
4608757504_f427e2fb5110. Saint William Parish Church – San Marcelino, Zambales (Image Source)

IMG_7760a Castillejos11. San Nicholas De Tolentino Parish Church – Castillejos, Zambales (Image Source)

P3124319t12. Saint James Parish Church – Subic, Zambales – (Check – Saint James Parish in Subic, Zambales)

You can also check the following posts
►List of Churches in CAVITE for Visita Iglesia
►List of Churches in BATANGAS for Visita Iglesia
►List of Churches and Chapels in LAS PIÑAS and PARAÑAQUE For Visita Iglesia
►List of Pilgrim Sites and Retreat Centers Near MANILA that You Should Visit This Holy Week
►List of Churches and Chapels To Visit in CAVITE CITY During Holy Week
►Batangas Pilgrimage Tour
►The Pilgrim’s Passport And the Designated JUBILEE Churches in Manila
►Zambales Pilgrimage Tour
►Manila Pilgrimage Tour
►Ina Poon Bato, The Patroness of Botolan

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The 37th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession #IGMP2016

Intramuros Grand Marian Procession is probably considered as one of the biggest Marian events in Luzon where over a hundred images of the Virgin Mary are being showcased in a parade along the historic road of Intramuros. The event is celebrated annually and is organized by the Cofradia every first Sunday of December. The event is also done in celebration of Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (the principal patroness of the Philippines) which is on December 8.
IMG_0444tLooking back at history, the first Marian procession in Intramuros can be traced way back in 1619 during the Spanish period.  The tradition was preserved but the way it is being celebrated was changed throughout the years. Today, the annual grand procession is still being done where different most prominent Marian images are being paraded alongside with marching bands, folk dancers and of course the hundreds of devotees who travel all the way from their respective towns just to join the parade.IMG_1058TThis is actually my fourth year to attend such event and I am still overwhelmed to see all these miraculous icons being paraded along Intramuros. As a Marian devotee, it is truly a rewarding experience to witness such event that gathers different Marian images in the country. The streets in Intramuros was illuminated by candles coming from different carrozas that carry the Blessed images of Mary. We have to remind ourselves that despite of many Images or icons depicting Mary and despite of many titles the are being named to her, we are referring to one and that is the Blessed Virgin Mary. So now, allow me to share you the photos taken from the recently concluded 37th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession.
IMG_0341tSan Lorenzo Ruiz. He is considered as the first Filipino saint and his main shrine can be found in Binon Church in Manila (Check : A Trip To Binondo : Binondo Church)IMG_0338tSan Pedro CalungsodIMG_0344tSan AndressIMG_0353tSaint JosephIMG_0372tOur Lady of Fatima of Binakayan CaviteIMG_0386tIMG_0395tSta Ana of HagonoyIMG_0402tSagrada FamiliaIMG_0378tDulcisimo Nombre De MariaIMG_0413tSanta Maria Estrella Del MarIMG_0418tThe Annunciation
IMG_0427tLa Divina MatrimoniaIMG_0436tThe VisitationIMG_0449tNuestra Señora Stella MarisIMG_0458tNuestra Señora Dela OIMG_0461tMadonna Salus Infirmorum
IMG_0467tMary The Health of the Sick