Happy Easter everybody! Last month, my and my friends planned to have a holy week vacation in Puerto Galera, or probably to the more proximal Batangas beaches to relax and unwind. It was a much needed getaway since we seldom see each other these past few weeks due to busy work schedule. But how can one relax in a crowded beach where everybody wants to have fun and party at night. As traditional and conservative as it may seem, a Visita Iglesia (latin for Church Visit) is more apt. For those who doesn't know how that works, it is simply visiting one, seven or fourteen churches and praying the 14 stations of the cross, spread among the visited churches if 7 or 14. Our original plan is to visit the Bulacan churches first thing in the morning on a Maundy Thursday, but we barely left northern Manila because the traffic is already thick. We headed back to Quezon City and had our first church.
"Jesus is condemned to death."
Sto. Domingo Parish Church
National Shrine of the Queen of the Holy Rosary
Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Founded in 1941 in Manila and 1951 in Quezon City. Houses the Marian image of La Naval.
|The church's facade|
|An angel font|
|The alter and the aisle.|
|Stained glass depicting Christ's crucifiction.|
"Jesus accepts the cross."
Santissimo Rosario Parish Church
University of Santo Tomas Chapel
University of Santo Thomas, Espana, Manila
Manila Archbishop Michael O’Doherty canonically inaugurated the UST Chapel into the Santisimo Rosario Church on April 26, 1942.
|The church's facade.|
|Church bells in modern mounting.|
|Truly pontifical, Sancti Thomae Aquinatis.|
|Simple and solemn.|
|Sun marble pavement.|
Next stop, San Sebastian Church, St. Jude Church and the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat.
Credits for Sto. Domingo Parish Church info.
Credits for Santissimo Rosario Parish Church info.