Online Visita Iglesia: Visiting Philippine Churches in time of quarantine

Holy Week is an important tradition for us Catholics as it celebrates and refreshes every one about the journey of our savior Jesus Christ and of Him saving the whole world from sins.

Normally, we go to our respective churches to celebrate Holy Eucharists such as the Las Siete Palabras (The 7 Last Words). But in these trying times of pandemic, we are forced to isolate ourselves to control the spread of the virus.

So I did an effort to share several famous churches that I’ve visited for the past year. I hope that this will at least refresh us of the nostalgic feeling these sacred places of prayers have. Churches where people have been sacrificing and doing ‘penitencia‘ through years.

*arranged not in order of importance


1. Monastery of Holy Eucharist (Simala Church Cebu)

Address: Brgy. Lindongan, Sibonga, Cebu

Simala Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores
Simala Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores

2. National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Baclaran Church)

Address: Baclaran, Paranaque City

Baclaran Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores
Baclaran Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores

3. St. Agustine Church (Paoay Church)

Address: Marcos Ave., Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores
Paoay Church. Photo by: Mello Villareal, Out of Town Blog

4. Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)

Address: Quiapo City, Manila

Quiapo Church. Photo by: Raymart Lolo The Daily Tribune, 2018
Black Nazarene . Photo by: Constantine Agustin

5. St. Michael Archangel Church (Basey Church)

St. Michael The Archangel Church, Basey, Samar. Photo by: Joseph Gaw
St. Michael The Archangel Church, Basey, Samar. Photo by: Pinoy Adventurista

6. Santo Nino de Tacloban Church

Address: Downtown, Tacloban City

Photo by: Creative commons
Photo by: Creative commons

7. San Antonio de Padua Parish (Sulangan Church)

Address: Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Sulangan Church. Photo by: Kumudu Sanjeewa
Sulangan Church. Photo by: Raymand Vico Gadores

Our faith and resiliency have been tested for many years and we’ve always managed through all these. Because we are humans. Becuase we’ve been blessed with the greatest gifts – Love and Faith.

We can always pray wherever and whenever we want and God will surely listen. But still, the idea of visiting a place that many people across the nation prayed concentrated in a particular point in the grid gives me the feeling of euphoria and bliss every Catholic surely knows.

Stay healthy and Pray!

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