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Churches: San Agustin Church | Places

As a continuation of the churches I visited during the observance of the Holy Week in the Philippines, San Agustin Church in Manila is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila and very near the Manila Cathedral.

Inside the San Agustin Church in Manila

It is one of the churches constructed during the Spanish colonial era and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site with three other under the title Baroque Churches of the Philippines. It is a Roman Catholic church and is run by the Order of St. Augustine.

Altar of San Agustin Church
Altar of San Agustin Church

It is also one of popular wedding churches in Manila, and I even attended one wedding of a close friend at this Church. I even was asking my other friend who was with me why our friend chose this church instead of the Manila Cathedral which is where most celebrities had their weddings and which is in the same vicinity.  Though when I entered the church and saw the intricate designs, I understood why my friend and his bride chose this particular church.

People praying inside the San Agustin Church during the Holy Week
People praying inside the San Agustin Church during the Holy Week

For a church built in 1586 and completed in 1606, I am amazed that it is still standing, surviving the bombings of World War II and natural calamities like earthquakes. I think you can credit that to the design of the church, taking into account that Manila has frequent earthquakes.

Adjacent to the church is the monastery that was converted in 1973 to house religious artifacts and art treasures dating as far back as early 16th century. I plan on going back there one day and see these for myself. Hopefully they allow taking photos.

It was quite difficult to get a decent shot while I was there as the church was filled with people praying and also taking photos of the church as well using their cellphones, tablets, point-and-shoot and DSLRs.


Churches:Manila Cathedral

Inside the newly renovated Manila Cathedral
Inside the newly renovated Manila Cathedral

The newly-renovated Manila Cathedral was opened to the public just in time for the observance by the Filipino Catholics of the Holy Week. It was worth the long wait.

The pipe organ of the newly-renovated Manila Cathedral

It was difficult to get a decent shot of the cathedral as a lot of people are always in the shot, besides getting bumped while focusing. Since my usual practice is to compose the shot before hitting the button, just like a film photographer, it took me some time to get these shots. Though from the shots that I got, it was all worth it.

The inside of the Manila Cathedral after renovations
The inside of the Manila Cathedral after renovations

So if ever you are in Metro Manila or visiting the Philippines, don’t forget to visit this church. It is in Intramuros, Manila and if you are a tourist and this place is not in your itinerary, ask your tour guide to add this place as part of your tour. Besides it is very near Fort Santiago also in Intramuros, Manila which is a regular on any tour.

Photos taken with a Canon EOS 600D and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5USM lens.

Let’s do a photo shoot here


In my almost 40 years of existence, I’ve been to this park only once when I was asked by a pianist friend to cover his concert inside the chapel and it was at night so I really didn’t see the details of this place. So last Saturday I thought of visiting this place and take some shots myself after seeing some photos on my friend’s Facebook account. Upon entering the gate I saw a lot of photographers, amateurs and pros, having open photo shoots all around the park. It made me smile as I found another place where photographers can shoot their hearts out without being hassled by security. Here I saw photographers with their gears freely allowed to do photo shoots with their models wherever they want to. Now I got another place to shoot besides the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.


I plan to do some photo shoot here when I have the time. Most probably after I am done with my shoot at Alta Rios Resort and Conference Center on April 9 and 11. Though I plan to do it on a weekday and hopefully they allow it on those days.