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Churches: Sanctuaries of Faith

Having a long history with the Catholic religion, the Philippines has its fair share of beautiful and ornate churches across the country.

We list a few of these interesting and historical sanctuaries you may want to visit on your next trip.

Daraga Church, Albay

With a facade made out of volcanic rock, the Daraga Church is definitely special in its own way. The fact that it’s survived after 230 years of elemental exposure is often taken as a sign of the resilience of faith.

San Agustin Church, Manila

Found within the walled city of Intramuros, it was patterned from Augustinian-built temples in Mexico. The original, made of nipa and wood, was burned by chinese pirates and was later rebuilt using adobe blocks.

Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu

This minor Basilica has kept the texture and color of its facade throughout the years, giving it a simple yet elegant look. This church is the most famous in the area and is often filled with people during the Sinulog Festival.

Baclayon Church, Bohol

If you want a glimpse of early Christianity in the Philippines, visit the Baclayon Church. Constructed during the Spanish occupation using old world designs and methods, it is considered one of the Philippines’ oldest churches and is a national cultural treasure.

Strengthen your spirit when you visit these solemn places of history and faith on your next Philippine journey.

Until next time, enjoy your travels.

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