28 March 2015. Manila.
Binondo Church is also known as the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. Constructed in 1956, it underwent numerous renovation due to devastation brought about by earthquake, typhoon, and war, so much so that the octagonal bell tower is the only significant remaining part of the original structure.
I was awed by the grandness of the church's interior, particularly its ceiling. Paintings adorned the ceiling, and the stark whiteness of the background made the colors of the paintings stand out.
Sta. Cruz is a Baroque church etablished by the Jesuits in the early 1600s. Like many old churches, Sta. Cruz has undergone repairs and reconstruction, the last of which was done in the 1950s. The architecture of the church today employs California Spanish Mission facade silhouette with Filipino baroque ornamentation.
Tha church's interior is unlike any I've seen from old churches. In place of the usual domed structure on the altar, Sta. Cruz's altar is a simple wall adorned with glittering artwork. Its simplicity gives it its grandness.
Quiapo church is officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. It is one of the most popular churches in the Philippines, as it is home to the Black Nazarene, a venerated black image of Jesus Christ that is said to possess miraculous attributes. Like Sta. Cruz, Quiapo church is a Baroque church, with the facade made distinctive by the twisted columns on both levels. The bell towers are four storeys high, and the top most portions are decorated with balusters and scrolls.
What caught my attention were the people walking with their knees towards the domed altar which houses the image of the Black Nazarene.