Basilica of the National Shrine of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (or more popularly known as the Mt. Carmel Shrine) was originally dedicated as a shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the first Carmelites named in the construction of their first monastery on Mount Karmel (Har HaKarmel) in the northern territories of Israel, during the 12th Century. The shrine was built in 1954 at the same time the Order of Discalced Carmelites was founded in the Archdiocese of Manila.
The parish was declared a national shrine in December 2015. It was granted the Apostolic Penitentiary “a spiritual bond of affinity” between the shrine and the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome while in 2016. The privilege grants special indulgences to the pilgrims and visitors of the Shrine on solemnities and feasts of Our Lady. This place is where remission of temporal punishments due to sins confessed is bestowed.
Santuario de San José Parish
Santuario de San José (or officially named as the Sanctuary of Saint Joseph) was consecrated on April 2, 1966 and is a parish church designated as the Shrine of Saint Joseph the Patriarch. It is run by the Oblates of St. Joseph (OSJ). Originally intended for the establishment of a sanctuary and a seminary, it was later granted permission to establish a Community House in the Archdiocese to facilitate the continuation of the studies of the seminarians studying in San Jose seminary.
It is the home parish of different chapels: the Holy Family Chapel (Greenhills shopping center) and the two chapels of Brgy. West Crame, Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart. It is named after its principal patron, St. Joseph, husband of Mary. Secondary patron saints include St. Joseph Marello, founder of the Oblates of St. Joseph, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of
the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Rosary of La Naval de Manila (formerly Santo Domingo Church) (or known inFilipino: Pambansang Dambana ng Mahal na Ina ng Santo Rosaryo ng La Naval de Manila), is the largest church in Metro Manila and one of the biggest churches in Asia. It is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus under her title Our Lady of La Naval de Manila.
This is the sixth church complex that has served as the motherhouse or headquarters of the Dominican Order of the Philippines. The Dominicans were one of the “pioneering missionaries” of the Philippines. The motherhouse was transferred to the Quezon City location after the Manila location was destroyed during World War II in the Philippines.
The Dominicans endorsed the designation of the Santo Domingo Church and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila as a National Culture Treasure to the National Museum in 2011. It has been listed as a National Cultural Treasure on October 2012 during the enthronement rites for the Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval and unveiling of the official marker on December 2012.
Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú
The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú, commonly known as Santo Niño Basilica, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in 1565. The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi. When Pope Paul VI made the church a basilica in 1965, he declared it to be “the symbol of the birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines.” The present building, which was completed from 1739–1740, has been designated by the Holy See as the “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines”.
Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz
Binondo Church, also known as the Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and formerly known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, is located in the District of Binondo, Manila fronting Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, in the Philippines. This church was founded by Dominican priests in 1596 to serve their Chinese converts to Christianity. The original building was destroyed in 1762 by British bombardment. A new granite church was completed on the same site in 1852 however it was greatly damaged during the Second World War, with only the western façade and the octagonal belfry surviving.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, who was born of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, trained in this church and afterwards went as a missionary to Japan, where he and his companions were martyred for refusing to renounce Christianity. Lorenzo is the Philippines’ first saint, and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1987. A large statue of the saint stands in front of the church.
The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (or Basílika Menor ng Itím na Nazareno), known canonically as the Parish of Saint John the Baptist and also known as Quiapo Church. It is a prominent basilica in the district of Quiapo and it is the famous home for the Black Nazarene, a dark statue of Jesus Christ which is said to be miraculous. The life-size statue, carved from ebony, was first brought to Quiapo in 1767. Twice a year the greatly revered image is carried on the shoulders of thousands of devotees in one of Manila’s biggest religious festivals, the Black Nazarene Procession.
The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, has been canonically affiliated with the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome since June 2011. The parish encompassing Manaoag and the surrounding towns is administered by the Order of Preachers under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It was officially declared a Basilica on February 17, 2015. Some of the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Manaoag are depicted in murals inside the church’s transepts and nave.
Padre Pio Shrine
The National Shrine and Parish of Saint Padre Pio (or Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio) and commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine. It is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Santo Tomas, Batangas. It is consecrated to the Italian Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. Administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa, the church was designated as a National Shrine by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines making it the first in the province of Batangas and in the Calabarzon region. It became one of the venues for the 4th World Apostolic Congress of Mercy held in the Philippines on 16–20 January 2017.
Barasoain Church (officially as the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish) was founded by the Augustinian Missionaries and was built in 1888 in Malolos, Bulacan. Having earned the title as the “Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines”, and the site of the First Philippine Republic, the church is proverbial for its historical importance among Filipinos. Three major events in the Philippine history happened in this church: the convening of the First Philippine Congress (September1898), the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 1898 to January1899), and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January1899).
The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Basilika Menor at Kalakhang Katedral ng Kalinis-linisang Paglilihi) also known as the Manila Cathedral, is the cathedral of Manila and basilica located in Intramuros, the historic walled city within today’s modern city of Manila, Philippines. It is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the principal patroness of the country. The cathedral serves as the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila. The basilica has merited a papal endorsement from Pope Gregory XIII and three apostolic visits from Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. On 27 April 1981, Pope John Paul II issued papal bull Quod Ipsum designating the cathedral as a minor basilica by his own Motu Proprio.