Religious Places Category

Angeles Church

June 12, 2018

Happy 120th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence! To celebrate this historic day, I will be featuring the Holy Rosary Parish Church, also known as Angeles Church, in Angeles, Pampanga. Why a church? Well, this particular church was where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo celebrated the first anniversary of the said... (read more)


March 19, 2014

One of the crazily popular wedding venues near Metro Manila is Caleruega (Facebook page), specifically the Chapel of the Transfiguration whose facade (shown below) is a favorite among wedding photographers. (It’s also possible that they’re sick and tired of taking a photo this chapel already. Hehehe.) The picturesque... (read more)

Grand Mosque

August 9, 2013

Today the Muslim world marks Eid ul-Fitr, or the feast of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. To mark this occasion, I’m featuring the Philippines’ largest mosque, the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, also known as the Grand Mosque (Wikipedia). Located along the banks of Tamontaka River in... (read more)

EDSA Shrine

February 26, 2011

Today is a milestone for the Philippines as the country celebrates the silver anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution. Twenty five years ago, Filipinos took to the streets and staged a peaceful protest on EDSA to support the defectors of the Marcos dictatorship. The nearly bloodless mass action led... (read more)

Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral

July 8, 2010

Since I’ve featured Iloilo City’s Jaro Belfry more than 2 years ago, I guess now it’s time to do a post about the belfry’s associated church itself, the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral (Wikipedia article). I’ve said before that the Jaro Belfry is among the minority of belltowers that stand apart from... (read more)

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine

June 4, 2010

For our next sight, we’ll go to the heart of Bicolandia and zoom in on the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City. As many Filipinos know, Our Lady of Peñafrancia is the patroness of the whole Bicol Region. Devotion to her started in 1710 when the image of... (read more)

Baclayon Church

January 27, 2010

Our next stop is the really old Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception more popularly known as the Baclayon Church, located in the Bohol town of the same name. There’s a claim that this church is possibly the second-oldest church in the Philippines having been established in 1595,... (read more)

Baguio Cathedral

October 18, 2009

Here in Vista Pinas, we’ve already seen two cathedrals so far. One is the Manila Cathedral and the other is the Antipolo Cathedral. These two are the seats of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Diocese of Antipolo respectively. So let us now “go” to Baguio and check out the... (read more)

Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple

September 26, 2009

This year has brought some prominence to the Iglesia ni Cristo denomination. First they celebrated their 95th anniversary last July 27 prompting President Arroyo to declare that day as a national working holiday. Next is the death of their Executive Minister Ka Erdy Manalo last August 31. Just like with... (read more)

Manila Cathedral

June 4, 2009

Our next featured sight is the magnificent Manila Cathedral, which is officially known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and is located inside the walls of Intramuros. The cathedral is the seat of the powerful and wealthy Archdiocese of Manila, which is the primary see of the Philippines.... (read more)

Latter-day Saints Manila Philippines Temple

January 31, 2009

I’ve always liked the look of the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (popularly known as the Mormon Church) in Southeast Asia and Micronesia. The Manila Philippines Temple, located in Brgy. Ugong Norte in Quezon City, has a very nice view since it overlooks the Marikina... (read more)

Cuyo Fort

December 9, 2008

Located very near the previously featured Gapusan Beach is the Cuyo Fort in the town of the same name in Palawan. This fort stands very prominent in the history of Palawan because Cuyo was once the capital of Palawan from 1873 till 1903. This is according to the official website... (read more)

Miag-ao Church

October 3, 2008

The Miag-ao Church, located in the southern municipality of the same name in Iloilo is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines that have been collectively designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’ve already featured one Baroque Church before and that’s the Paoay Church in... (read more)

Barasoain Church

September 15, 2008

Last week, Google updated their satellite image data in Google Earth (see my main blog post) and now that the update finally arrived in Google Maps sometime in the past few days, we can now see the poblacion of Malolos City in high-resolution goodness and this means that Barasoain Church... (read more)

Taoist Temple (Cebu City)

August 28, 2008

One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu City aside from Magellan’s Cross is the Taoist Temple located in the posh Beverly Hills Subdivision way up on the hills of the Queen City of the South. This Taoist place of worship (I’ve featured one in Baguio City before) was... (read more)

Bell Church (Baguio)

May 19, 2008

I’ve been to the Bell Church in Baguio City once in the mid-1990s. I remember my family and relatives going into the temple, lighting some candles and getting some fortune. This is a bit weird but up to now, I still recall my sister’s fortune: if she misplaced something, look... (read more)

Aglipay Shrine (Batac, Ilocos Norte)

April 1, 2008

Apparently, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos is not the only prominent historical figure who calls Batac City his home. One other such figure is Gregorio Aglipay, a former Catholic priest who, due to his support for the Philippine Revolution, was excommunicated and later on founded the Philippine Independent Church aka the Iglesia... (read more)

Antipolo Cathedral

March 14, 2008

Next week is Holy Week for Roman Catholics and while many will take advantage of the holidays to go Boracay or Puerto Galera, you might want to swing by Antipolo Cathedral on a pilgrimage instead. Like the Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan, the cathedral in Antipolo City is a popular pilgrimage... (read more)

Lourdes Grotto (Baguio)

February 28, 2008

One of the popular tourist spots in Baguio City among devout Catholics is the Lourdes Grotto which sits on top of Mirador Hill in the western part of the city. The image of Our Lady of Lourdes can be reached by climbing a total of 252 steps staggered into several... (read more)

Ramon Durano Foundation Compound

February 4, 2008

Located in the northern outskirts of Danao City in Cebu is the Ramon Durano Foundation Compound. This is one of the last legacies of Ramon Durano, the powerful patriarch of the Durano Clan in Cebu (of which Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano is a member). We’ve also featured... (read more)

Bood Promontory Ecopark

December 5, 2007

The Bood Promontory Ecopark is a wooded area located at a bend in the Masao River (also known as the El Rio de Butuan) in Butuan City. This site, containing a large cross, is claimed by the Butuanons to be the place where Magellan celebrated the first mass in the... (read more)

Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag

December 3, 2007

The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City in the province of Ilocos Norte is one of the first things you may spot upon entering the city proper. It’s a massive 45-meter bell tower said to be one of the tallest bell towers in the Philippines and was built by the... (read more)

Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine

October 11, 2007

Manaoag, Pangasinan is one of the Philippines’ pilgrimage centers, thanks to the presence of the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, home to the image of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario (i.e., Our Lady of the Rosary), which is believed to have miraculous powers. Non-Catholics may scoff at such idolatrous devotion,... (read more)

Golden Mosque

June 19, 2007

The Masjid al-Dahab, more popularly known as the Golden Mosque (Wikipedia), is the religious center of Muslims in Metro Manila. While there are sizable Muslim communities in Diliman and Taguig, most of the metropolis’ Islam adherents live in Quiapo and Binondo, close to the largest mosque in Metro Manila. The Golden... (read more)

San Sebastian Church

April 6, 2007

In the heart of the Quiapo district of Manila is the San Sebastian Church, also officially known as the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian. This minor basilica has the distinction of being the only all-steel church in Asia. The church was originally a wooden structure which was destroyed and rebuilt numerous... (read more)

Fort Pilar

March 28, 2007

If Manila has Intramuros, Zamboanga City has Fort Pilar. The fort is officially called the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, which roughly means the “Royal Force of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza.” The Virgin Mary reportedly miraculously appeared on a pillar in Zaragoza, Spain,... (read more)

Bamboo Organ

July 3, 2006

You can find at the poblacion of Las Piñas City the world-renowed Bamboo Organ. You can’t actually see the organ in Google Maps but the Parish of St. Joseph church’s building instead. The parish and the Bamboo Organ are part of the Las Piñas Historical Corridor that also includes the... (read more)

Magellan’s Cross

June 30, 2006

Magellan’s Cross is the symbol of Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines. In fact, the chapel that houses the cross (whose roof can be seen at the center of this article’s thumbnail image) is found on the queen city’s official seal. To the south of the chapel is... (read more)

Pulilan Church

March 14, 2006

The Parish of San Isidro Labrador in Pulilan, Bulacan is dedicated in honor of Saint Isidore, the patron saint of farmers, and the patron saint of Madrid, Spain, as well. In fact, the town was called San Isidro Labrador before getting renamed as Pulilan from “Pulo ng Ulan”. The town’s main... (read more)