I like this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme – Inside. It gives me the excuse (hah!) to upload some of the photos I have of our Philippine vacation. In this post, I invite you to go inside the Churches that my family and I visited recently: (A) Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas; (B) San Sebastian Cathedral, Lipa City, Batangas; and (C) Our Lady of Victories Church, New Manila, Quezon City.
The Basilica and the Cathedral, respectively, are old Churches, at least by Philippine standards. Both have been established by Spanish friars of the Augustinian Order during the Spanish colonial time. The present buildings were not the original structures. The Basilica, in fact, had to move to its present location (on top of a hill in a different town) after the original church was destroyed by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
The Basilica is reputed to be the biggest in the Philippines and in the Far East. It was dedicated to the patronage of Saint Martin of Tours who was known to have slashed down his beautiful cloak one bitterly cold winter’s night so that he could give half of it to a nearly naked beggar. That night, in a dream, he saw Jesus wearing the half of the cloak and telling His angels that it was a gift from St. Martin who was by then still a catechumen, i.e., unbaptized.
The Cathedral, on the other hand, is the seat of the Archdiocese and was dedicated to Saint Sebastian, a martyr.
The other Church we went to is a tiny one compared to the other two. It is in the middle of a busy neighborhood and one needs to go up a flight of steps to get to the main Church. I use these little details as excuses for my failure to take a photo of the Church facade. This is of fairly new construction. It is being run by the Society of Saint Pius X which currently has an irregular status in the Catholic Church. For that reason, this Church will not be found in the roster of Churches of the Diocese to which it should belong under normal circumstances. The Traditional Latin Mass (a.k.a. Extra-Ordinary Form of the Mass) is celebrated here. This was were we went to Mass during our trip.
I tried to make separate galleries for each Church and failed. So, for your convenience, I put a caption to tell you which picture belongs to which Church.
Well, I guess, I have talked too much already. So, here are the photos. I hope you enjoy your ‘tour’.
Thank you for revisiting these places with me. I wished I had visited more places and taken more (and hopefully) better photos. There were too many things to see. But it was hard to linger when there are children and other companions who are antsy to go to the next stop. Still, I am glad to have been there again.
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