Filipino Catholics rediscovers roots of Christian faith in heritage destinations of QC, Central Luzon

April 2, 2010 12:09 pm 

MANILA, April 2 – Thousands of Catholics on Good Friday went on a road trip to heritage destinations and notable places of worship in Quezon City and other parts of Metro Manila to rediscover their roots in Christian faith.

Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD, of the Mission Communication Foundation (MCF) in Christ the King Seminary on E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard in New Manila, Quezon City, said Central Luzon is also an ideal destination for people who want to fulfill their religious obligations for the Lenten Season and at the same time explore the region’s cultural treasures.

In Quezon City, San Luis said the faithful flocked to Christ the King Seminary for the Seven Last Words ritual. Similar events were done at the decades-old Sto. Domingo Shrine on Quezon Avenue, Barangay Sto. Domingo and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Loyola Heights.

Sto. Domingo Church was built by the Dominican Order under the supervision of Bishop Domingo De Salazar, O.P., of Intramuros, Manila. It was a wooden structure then.

It was reconstructed again together with the convent after it collapsed in 1589 but this time it was made up of concrete.

It was called "Our Lady of the Rosary" or "Our Lady of La Naval". It was relocated to Quezon City after getting lot of destruction during the World War 2.

The image is credited for having saved the city from a Dutch invasion in 1646. It is honored in a much celebrated religious festival.

San Luis said as early as Maundy Thursday, visitors did the "visita iglesia" in the Spanish-era churches across the region which are of religious and historic importance picturesque century-old churches.

“Among the noteworthy churches in Bulacan are the Barasoain Church and Basilica of Immaculate Conception (Malolos), the churches in Hagonoy, Calumpit, Baliuag, Bustos, San Rafael, San Miguel, Sta. Maria, Obando and Angat.

In Pampanga, there are the churches in San Fernando, Lubao, Angeles, Bacolor, Apalit, Minalin, Candaba, Porac, and Betis (Guagua), which is regarded the country’s counterpart to Sistine Chapel because of its stunning paintings on the ceiling.

In Tarlac, go on a pilgrimage to the Monasterio de Tarlac or Relic of the True Cross in San Jose which is said to contain relics of the wooden cross were Jesus was nailed.

Other significant churches are the San Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac City, and the churches in Camiling and Paniqui.

San Luis said the provinces of Zambales, Aurora, Bataan and Nueva Ecija also have equally important religious destinations such as the Ina Poo Bato Shrine in Botolan. (PNA) FFC/JCA

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