This Lenten season, many Filipinos are expected to spend this long vacation in a place where they can deeply reflect on their spiritual life. Given this, we’ve listed down a few places in Metro Manila to make your Holy Week celebration more meaningful.
Basilica of San Sebastian
The Basilica Minore de San Sebastián, also known as the San Sebastián Church, is a Roman Catholic located at Plaza del Cármen, at the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Street, in Quiapo, Manila. Its “fabricated metal” and “gothic revival” features have not only impressed a number of devotees but has also served as a testament of beauty for historical architecture.
Sacred Heart Novitiate
The Sacred Heart Novitiate was initially built as a school of theology for young men to undergo training in the Christian ministry as a part of the clergy or as future priests. This Lenten season, the Catholic seminary has also opened its doors for self-reflection through retreats, workshops, and corporate training.
Intramuros, also called the “Walled City,” is considered one of the top choices for spending your “alone time” and reflecting this Holy Week. The city is best to visit because it features historical places like Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, and Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum.
Bonifacio High Street
If you’re looking for an enjoyable and meaningful Holy Week, you can visit Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. The residential-commercial block exhibits Stations of the Cross during Lenten season, where guests can practice the 14-step Catholic devotion.
San Agustin Church
San Agustin is one of the most renowned Spanish-era churches that is highly recommended for people to visit. Its beauty and historical value makes it worthy of the title, “The Wedding Capital of the Philippines.”
The National Shrine of Saint Jude
If you’re feeling troubled, you may seek the patron of hopeless causes – Saint Jude Thaddeus. Just like his surname, Thaddeus, the patron saint is said to be courageous, generous, and kind. And he is considered the most powerful patron in times of difficult situations.
The National Shrine of Saint Jude is located in San Miguel, Manila along Mendiola. And most devotees visit this site to pray for the Lord’s divine intervention on personal matters.