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The oldest church in Manila and the sixth structure to rise on the walls of Intramuros. Considered to be the Mother of all Churches and Cathedrals in the Philippines and a preferred site for church weddings because of its historic architecture including the notable funeral event of former Pres. Corazon Aquino.
First church built in 1581 that was made of nipa and bamboo and only lasted for 2yrs because it was destroyed by a fire. Second cathedral built in 1592 that was made of stone but it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1600. Third cathedral that was built in 1614 but it was destroyed again in the 1645 earthquake. Fourth Cathedral that was built in 1654-1671 by Archbishop Miguel Poblete was destroyed again in the 1863 earthquake. The fifth cathedral that was built in 1870-1879 was severely destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The sixth cathedral was reconstructed in 1954-1958 under the direction of Archbishop Rufino Santos of Manila and the church was officially named Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
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One will need to take a jeepney ride going to Mabini and Baclaran and get off at Roundtable where Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila or PLM, a prestigious government school, is placed. Then one may opt to traverse the walls of Intramuros from Baluarte de San Diego located at the back of PLM then turn right at Postigo del Palacio that will lead to the Manila Cathedral or ride a pedicab, a four wheeled bicycle, from PLM to Manila Cathedral for a minimum of PHP20.00.
Traverse the walls of Intramuros from Baluarte de San Diego located at the back of PLM then turn right at Postigo del Palacio that will lead to the Manila Cathedral or ride a pedicab, a four wheeled bicycle, from PLM to Manila Cathedral for a minimum of PHP20.00.
Picturesque views of Manila Cathedral
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It is from Tuesday to Sunday at 8:00am-12:00pm and it will resume from 2:00pm-5:00pm then Sunday if from 8:00am-12:00pm. No office for Monday and Holidays.
Weekdays, it is at 7:30am and 12:10pm. In weekends, for Saturday schedule it is at 7:30am then for Sunday schedule, it starts at 7:00am then it follows at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and 6:00pm respectively.
- For Baptisms
For individual, it is from Monday to Saturday and it is by appointment. For communal, it is from 9:30am and 11:00am only during Sunday.
- For Confessions
It is schedule at 12:10pm during Wednesday and Friday and for weekend, it starts at 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and 6:00pm during Sunday.
- For Weddings and Anointing of the Sick
If it is for a wedding, it should be by reservation and for anointing of the sick is by appointment basis.
- For Healing
Schedule is on Saturday after the 7:30am mass.
* Special Blessings
- For the Blessing of wives before childbirth and Couples wanting to have children is during the 1st Sunday of the month after every mass.
- For the Blessing of birthday and wedding anniversary celebrants is during 2nd Sunday of the month after every mass.
- For the Blessing of youth and elderly is during 3rd Sunday of the month after every mass.
- For the Blessing of fathers and mothers with their babies and children is during 4th Sunday of the month after every mass.
Inside the cathedral, one will see rooms filled with history and current information about the cathedral. One room contains the evolution of Manila Cathedral from being a Parish Church to the 7th Cathedral.
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And the other room contains the significant information and images of Manila Cathedral then and now.
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