Makati, Philippines — Between resting and relaxing, travelers will surely find time to do Visita Iglesia this Holy Week. Here are 7 churches that you should see in Makati City presented by One Pacific Place Serviced Residences.
Visita Iglesia is the religious practice of visiting seven churches either on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday and recite the Stations of the Cross.
Most people travel in groups to Laguna, Bulacan, and other places outside the metro, but did you know you don’t need to drive far to complete your seven? There are lots of churches in Makati City that is also worth your visit:
- Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church
7440 Bernardino Street, Guadalupe Viejo
Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church or more popularly known as Guadalupe Church was built in 1630 by Fray Simon Dantes. It features a baroque-style architecture and survived the Philippine-American War in 1899. This parish church and its adjacent monastery is administered by Augustinian friars. Are you into photography? The church’s facade is facing west. Visit before sundown for some cool lighting for the ‘gram.
2. Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church
5539 D. M. Rivera St. Brgy. Poblacion
Founded in 1620 by the Franciscans, this church offers a nice contrast to the various skyscrapers, establishments, and neighborhoods in the popular Poblacion area. Say your prayers, snap some pics, and then enjoy a meal in the various restaurants situated around the area.
3. Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish
#62 Constellation St., Nicanor Garcia cor. Neptune Streets, Bel-Air Village
Completed in 1968, this church was built by National Artist for Architecture, Leandro Locsin. It features a butterfly shaped floor plan and many other symbolic features marking the tent-like structure. One highlight is the giant chandelier over the altar which serves as a halo over the copper cross by National Artist for Visual Art, Vicente Manansala. This one is truly a sight to behold.
4. Santuario de San Antonio Parish
Mckinely Road, Narra Street, Forbes Park
Santuario de San Antonio Parish is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the metro. This church, located in upscale Makati, was completed in 1953 by the Franciscans. It also features paintings by National Artist in Painting, Fernando Amorsolo.
5. National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
4 Sacred Heart St, San Antonio Village
The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was established in 1976 and was declared as a national shrine in June 15, 1985. Aside from the altar, the church’s nave, loft, relics, and columbarium are all must see!
6. Sto. Niño de Paz Greenbelt Chapel
Ayala Center, Greenbelt Park, Legazpi Village
One of the more unique churches in the city. For starters, it’s in the middle of Makati’s busiest shopping complexes. The church’s architecture also boast of modern aesthetics. Greenbelt Church was inaugurated in 1983 and was first handled by the by the Salesians of Don Bosco. Like an oasis in the middle of a desert, you can find rest here after shopping.
7. Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel
R5 Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive
Lastly, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel inside Powerplant Mall offers refuge after a long day of walking around the city. You can celebrate completing Visita Iglesia with a meal at the various posh restaurants and cinemas in the area.
One Pacific Place Serviced Residences offers an ideal jump-off spot to the various churches and other places of interests in Makati. If you’re traveling with family, book a room or suite so you would not have to carry your luggage while completing the seven churches. One Pacific Place, also has an in-house cafe, play area for kids, and a swimming pool where you could cool down afterward. Check out One Pacific Place Serviced Residences’ deals and promos to make your stay more fun and rewarding: www.onepacificplaceresidences.com.