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Religious art in some of Cebu’s churches

Attempted to head north of Cebu for a Visita Iglesia but the heavy traffic starting at Liloan made me U-turn to go south instead.

The Catholic church throughout history has been lavish in depicting the different houses of God on earth.

In Cebu, centuries-old churches abound while some are just about 50 years old or younger.

The Pedro Calungsod Chapel. Built upon the initiative by SM Development Corporation to draw Cebuanos prior to the launch of their upcoming giant mall - SM Seaside City.
The Pedro Calungsod Chapel. Built upon the initiative by SM Development Corporation to draw Cebuanos prior to the launch of their upcoming giant mall – SM Seaside City.

The new Pedro Calungsod Chapel located at the upcoming SM City Seaside Complex at the Cebu South Road Properties (SRP) projects a modern feel with its wall upon wall architecture –far different from the usual churches we have.

The Walls of Pedro Calungsod Chapel
The Walls of Pedro Calungsod Chapel

Quite apart from the classical churches, the altar is subdued and without the gold glitters.

Boxed, minimalist interior of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel
Boxed, minimalist interior of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel

The church in Minglanilla, Cebu has had renovations to give its present look.

The Minglanilla Church stands out with its pink exterior.
The Minglanilla Church stands out with its pink exterior.

Gilded metals and fixtures dominate the interior of the Minglanilla Church.

Gilded and ornate
Gilded and ornate

The side altar of the chalice is guarded by angels cast from plaster.

Unmoving angels
Unmoving angels


Art of flower arrangement preserved by the annual Holy week procession.
Art of flower arrangement preserved by the annual Holy week procession.
Church workers show the art of flower arrangement as they prepare for the procession in the afternoon.
Church workers show the art of flower arrangement as they prepare for the procession in the afternoon.

The church in Sibonga, Nuestra Señora del Pilar, meanwhile, is well-preserved despite the passage of years. The construction of the present structure was commissioned starting 1866. The paintings on the ceiling were said to be done in the 1920s by Raymundo Francia of Cebu.

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To add to the old feel of the architecture and paintings of the Sibonga church, the chirping of birds resonate freely inside the church as if the structure has become the birds’ home. The cool, breezy temperature is also a wonder as the design of the church keeps the early afternoon heat from eating away the cold.

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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934 with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. -Wikipedia

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The cathedral was renovated recently for the 75th anniversary celebration on April 28, 2009 of the elevation of Cebu into an archdiocese. An application is pending at the Vatican for the cathedral’s elevation into a minor basilica in honor of St. Vitalis, an early Christian martyr. His feast day coincides with the day the image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was found almost 450 years ago, as well as the anniversary of the elevation of Cebu into an archdiocese. –Wikipediacathedral doorway

I usually visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at night wherein the lights around the plaza give the church a majestic and golden glow. The serenity of the cathedral is accentuated by its big hall and golden altar.

Location:

People who wish to visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral may find it at the corners of Burgos and Legaspi Streets in Cebu City. A short walk through P. Zamora Street will also lead you to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño (Sto. Niño church).


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