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Rates valid till March 31, 2018
Rates valid for minimum 02 passengers travelling together
What is included in the tour
- Free Hotel Roundtrip Transfers (Manila, Makati, Taguig, Ermita, Malate, Pasay)
- Air-conditioned Vehicle
- Entrance Fees
- San Agustin Church
- Malate Church
- Manila Cathedral
- Binondo Church
- Nuestra Senora de Gracia
- Parking Fees
- All Taxes
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals other than those specified in inclusions
- Drinks other than those specified in inclusions
- Tips (not mandatory)
Come with us on a fascinating Manila day tour as we visit some of the most historic Catholic churches in Manila. Our Manila church tour provides Filipino and foreign tourist with a fascinating insight into the history of each church as-well-as an opportunity to see unique and beautiful architecture. Manila churches in our tour include the San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral, Malate Church, Binondo Church and Nuestra Senora de Garcia (Guadalupe Ruins).
San Agustin Church
The San Agustin Church is the oldest stone church in the Philippines, built in 1589 and originally known as “inglesia de San Pablo”. The founder of Manila “Miguel Lopez de Legaspi” is buried in the tomb of this church and in 1953 the terms of the American occupation of Manila was also signed here in the sacristy.
The San Agustin Church is really beautiful and offers the tourist a very in-depth history lesson about the Spanish Augustinian Friars who first settled here. This Manila church tour provides photography enthusiast and excellent opportunity to take some fascinating pictures of some really unique architecture.
Malate Church is a church in Manila Philippines that was designed in the Baroque style (17th and 18th-century architecture). The Malate Church faces a small park and is located one street off Roxas Boulevard, directly across from Manila Bay. Like many of the churches in Manila, the Malate church was built in the 16th century by the Augustinian Friars.
From 1762 thru 1763 during the British occupation Philippines and attack on Intramuros many soldiers took refuge in this Manila church, many repairs were made after their departure. The Malate church was also destroyed in 1868 by a typhoon and again badly damaged in World War II, but has since been restored.
The Manila Cathedral was a Manila church originally built in 1571 before it became a cathedral. The Manila Cathedral has been both damaged and destroyed several times, with the eight and current restoration being completed in 1958.
It was Miguel Lopez de Legazpi the founder of Manila who chooses the location, with the first parish priest being Padre Juan de Villanueva. In 1579 this Manila church was raised into a cathedral and a new structure was created using nipa, bamboo and wood materials, this structure later burned down in 1583, causing great damage to the city.
From the outside of the Manila Cathedral, you can see statues of famous saints that were sculpted using Roman travertine stone. The saints that grace the front of the church are, St. Jacob the Great, St. Rose of Lima, St. Anthony, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Francis Xavier and St. Polycarp.
The Binondo Church originally known as (Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz) was founded in 1596 in Binondo Manila by Dominican priest to serve the Chinese converting to Christianity. The original Binondo church was destroyed during the bombing of 1762 by the British.
In 1852 a new church was built at the same location using large granite stones, however like the first Binondo church the second one was also damaged quite badly during World War II, and as a result of the war, the only original part of the church to survive was the octagon shaped bell tower.
San Lorenzo Ruiz father was of Chinese heritage and his mother was Filipino, and later became the Philippines first saint, being canonized in 1987, a large statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz stands today at the church entrance.
Nuestra Senora de Gracia
Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church in Manila is located in Makati City among one of the oldest Roman Catholic Parishes. This baroque style Manila church sits adjacent to the monastery currently managed by the Augustinian Friars of Saint Nino de Cebu.
This beautiful church in Manila offers a mixture of different architectures due to the damage sustained in the 1882 earthquake and again during the 1894 war between the Filipinos and the United States.
However, due to the unique architecture of the Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church in Manila, it has become one of the most popular venues for weddings in Manila.