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There are only two predominantly Roman Catholic nations in Asia, Philippines is one and the other being, East Timor. Philippines have been ranked as the third largest Roman Catholic country in the world and stays as a conservative to the religion. Roughly 82.9% of the population of the country professes Catholicism.
Christianity in the Philippines was introduced by Spanish missionaries and colonists, who arrived in waves beginning in the early 16th century in Cebu. It has been deeply embedded in the culture of most Filipinos ever since. This is very much displayed with varied beautiful churches all over the country. Every province brags of their churches as it serves an emblem of their heritage.
Puppy Seal of Approval:
This pupper has out! Mom said we get to visit pretty churches during break. Every puppy tripper must spend time to thank Papa God for all the blessings and the safe trips we had. So here are my Top 5 favorite Bisita Iglesia (Church Visits) for 2017! Click the linkies to see the detailed puppy trip! Woof!
- Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church, is a castle-like church located in Marian Hills of upper Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. Boasting its architecture that is like straight from a Harry Potter set – it is both a place for devotees and tourist alike.
- Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio , commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine, is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines. Standing proud with its roof resembling a “salakot”, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains – this is surely one for the books for pilgrims in the Philippines and around the world.
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in Manaoag, Pangasinan. It houses the ivory image which bears its title since 16th century and is presently enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag. Many devotees of the blessed mother comes to this place with their prayers in their hearts.
- Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia or more commonly known as Regina RICA. A 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary oversee this place with a church that held regular healing masses for those who would have a breathe of peace away from the hustle of the city.
- Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery is the only Trappist monastery in the country is located in Guimaras. It was founded in 1972 where about 35 monks lives in the monastery who held masses with the parish priest. This self-sustaining monastery produces a number of products, selling under the brand “Trappist Monastic Products”, includes their pineapple and mango jams, that is definitely something to take home. Guimaras is famous for its sweet golden Philippine mangos.
Mom said that there are even more beautiful churches out there and we are not even half on one province. Mum promised not just churches but Mosques and temples. For now, these are my favorite stops.
Visiting these places of worship, my mom taught me a very important lesson. Mum and I maybe Catholic but we should never see anybody for the religion they practice, habit they wear or the name they call their god. Respect is the key for peace to happen. We should find it in our hearts to see the beauty of each culture and the heart of what they profess.
How about you puppy trippers out there?
Can you send me a picture of a nearby pretty church or house of worship that is close by?
Maybe we can get to visit it soon.