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The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish - Las Pinas City

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Located at 364 Real St. Talon, Las Pinas City in Metro Manila, The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish is one of the modern unique looking Catholic churches in the Philippines. 
The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish HistoryBefore it came to be the church that it is today, the church was once a small chapel located in front of PLDT in 1985. It then transferred to its present site a few years later. Then the construction of the unique looking architectural design that we see now started. 


Speaking of being unique-looking, interestingly, its architectural design was inspired by a marine animal called the nautilus (nautilus belauensis). According to its principal architect, he chose the nautilus as his inspiration as its shell is often associated with the golden ration. It is also a symbol of proportional perfection, something the architect wished to impart to his masterpiece. 



Sadly, the architect resigned in 2008 before the completion of the ch…

Las Piñas, Pasay, Manila Visita Iglesia Adventure

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If you're a Catholic and you're living in Manila, probably the first thing you'd do is to head to the beaches this Holy Week. To most of us, especially the working class, the Holy Week is almost synonymous to summer vacation. However, to some it's a chance to visit Christ and show devotion to Him through Visita Iglesia. (and that's what I plan to do!)



So join me and my family as we go around Manila and the neighboring cities of Las Piñas and Pasay to visit some of their historical churches.



Since I live in the province of Cavite, I had to carefully plan the route that we'd take to maximize the number of churches that we could visit in a day. We originally planned to visit only the ones in Manila but I pointed out that since our route to Manila would pass by some old churches in nearby cities, we might as well visit them.
From our home, the first city that we'd pass is Las Piñas. The city is known for Asia's oldest bamboo organ. Lucky for us it is housed in…

Las Pinas City: Las Piñas Church

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Located in Las Piñas City, Las Piñas Church is known for its nineteenth-century pipe organ made entirely from bamboo. The organ, popularly known as the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church, is declared as a National Cultural Treasure of the country. Las Piñas Church, also known as St. Joseph Parish Church, was founded by Augustinian Recollects on November 5, 1795. The construction was started and supervised by Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen.
Father Cera was known as a very gifted man. Aside from his inborn leadership skills, he was also known as an artist whose forte was building organs. He was known for the organs that he built for the Manila Cathedral and San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Intramuros, Manila. In 1816 Father Cera constructed the Las Piñas Bamboo organ and completed the instrument in 1824. Father Cera served as the parish priest of Las Piñas Church until May 15, 1832. He died on June 24, 1832, in Manila.
Although the church was built in an Earthquake Baroque arch…

Las Pinas City: Nature's Church

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Located in Apollo III Moonwalk Village Talon V, Las Piñas City, Nature's Church also known as Mary Immaculate Parish is unlike the Spanish era churches that I have featured in my Visita Iglesia articles. It is due to the simple fact that it was not built during the Spanish era.
What makes the church unique is its nature-inspired concept. It was believed that more than 40,000 anahaw leaves were intricately woven to form what is considered the biggest anahaw roof in the Philippines. Aside from that flying spirally to the center of the ceiling and illuminating the interior of the church is a flock of 176 capiz lanterns in the form of doves.

The altar, on the other hand, is made from a coral marble slab resting on two madre cacao driftwood pedestals. Behind the altar is the image of the Crucified Christ which is supported by the branches from the nearby 50-year old sampaloc tree.

Other than that, the pews and seats inside the church are actually parts of typhoon-felled trees from around…

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