When it comes to planning a wedding, finding a church with a stunning view or an excellent location (read: one that’s near the accommodation like The Carmen Hotel) is a priority for most couples. If you’re from the Bicol region or looking for a beautiful place to tie the knot somewhere there, here is a list of churches around Naga City that are historically significant and aesthetically pleasing.
1. San Francisco Church
Established on the banks of the Naga River, this 17th-century church is the first in the region that was built by the Franciscan friars. During the peak of Spanish occupation, its basement and infirmary served as interrogation and torture halls for Filipinos who were captured.
In September 1898, the Spaniards also used the church as a fortress when the troupes of Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo attacked them. The grounds of San Francisco Church is also believed to have once sheltered the oldest hospital in Southeast Asia.
2. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
Regarded as the largest and most symbolic church in Naga, this marvelous structure is also known as one of the oldest cathedrals in the country. Officially named as the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, this sanctuary plays a vital role during the feast of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the miraculous patroness of Bicol.
On the first day of the week-long celebration, the image of the Virgin Mary is transferred here from the Basilica Minor. This procession is a religious practice that is known as “traslacion”. Every year, millions of devotees flock to this place to honor the blessed virgin.
3. Peñafrancia Basilica Minore
The Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is considered as the most famous church in the region because it houses the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. The Romanesque design of the edifice is conceptualized by the late Archbishop Pedro Paulo Santos y Songco. Its construction commenced in 1976, but was postponed for a number of years due to funding problems.
Peñafrancia Basilica Minore was completed in September 1981 and since then, the church became the center of faith and devotion to Virgin Mary in the region. This historic edifice is just a short drive away from several hotels in Naga.
The Carmen Hotel in Naga City offers a 40% room discount for couples looking for premium accommodation. By booking direct at https://www.thecarmenhotel.com.ph/, interested parties will get free buffet breakfast and complimentary early check-in at 10 AM or complimentary late check-out up to 1PM. Just don’t forget to use this promo code: BRIDETOBEATTCH.
The Carmen Hotel is located along Peñafrancia Avenue. This central location is also a great base for exploring Naga City.