Visita Iglesia (Spanish for “Visit of the Churches”) is a Holy Thursday tradition of Philippine Roman Catholics, introduced by the Spanish colonizers. It is the practice of visiting 7 churches to pray and meditate. The tradition has its roots to the early years of the establishment of the Church, when there were 7 great basilicas in Rome that Christians would visit for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The practice continues not only in the Philippines but in other Roman Catholic countries, especially in cities with numerous churches. Adoration may continue up to midnight.
SACRED HEART OF JESUS PARISH#28 Scout Ybardolaza St., Kamuning, Quezon City
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL#39 Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL SHRINEDoña Juana Rodriguez (Broadway Ave.), New Manila, Quezon City
NATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. JUDE THADDEUSDr. Jose P. Laurel Sr. Street, San Miguel, Manila, Philippines 1005 Located in Malacañang Complex
NATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. MICHAEL AND THE ARCHANGELS1000 J.P. Laurel St. cor. Gen Solano St., San Miguel, Manila Villa de San Miguel near Malacañang
MINOR BASILICA OF SAN LORENZO RUIZOur Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish more popularly known as the Binondo Church Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, Manila
The Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz is located inside the famous Chinatown. It was built in 1596 and enlarged in 1608 in order to serve the Chinese Christians in the area. This minor basilica is a fine example of Mexican-Spanish colonial architecture, with its carefully detailed facade and six-storey octagonal bell tower.
OUR LADY OF REMEDIES PARISH CHURCHMalate Catholic Church
2000 M. H. del Pilar St., Malate, Manila
The Malate Church was constructed during the late 16th century by Augustinians, who were charged with taking care of the Malate natives. The church’s facade has distinct Muslim and baroque styles, noticeable on the trefoil arches on the hexagonal side buttresses. There is a beautiful symmetry achieved by the design of the Romanesque columns.