Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Most Picturesque Churches in the Philippines to Get Married

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A selection of the most beautiful churches and chapels to tie the knot from all over the Philippines.


Church wedding in this predominantly catholic country is valued by most people who desire to anoint their ties with eternal bliss. Here's a list of picturesque churches (in no particular order) in Luzon, Visayas and in Mindanao you may want to consider.

St. James Church in Dapitan
St. James Church was built by the Jesuits in 1971 in honor of St. James the Great, the patron saint of Dapitan. It is situated right at the heart of Dapitan City. The most amazing feature of the church is its colorful and vibrant ceiling.

St. James Church 

The San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila
Popularly known as Paco Church, the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church is notable of its romanesque-byzantine interior.

Paco Church | Photo by: Shubert Ciencia

San Agustin Church in Manila
Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, San Agustin Church is one of the Baroque Churches in the Philippines designated as World Heritage site by UNESCO.

San Agustin Church | Photo by Romel Jaime of San Josenyong Gala

Saint Augustine Church in Paoay
Commonly known as Paoay Church, Saint Augustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is famous for its distinct architecture. It was declared as a National Cultural Treasure in 1972 by the Philippine government. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site under the collective group of Baroque Churches in the Philippines.

Saint Augustine Chruch / Paoay Church

Saint Anne Parish / Molo Church in Iloilo
The St. Anne Parish Church also known as Molo Church is one of the most picturesque churches in Western Visayas. Located in Molo District, Iloilo, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

Molo Church | Photo by The Pinoy Traveller

Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas
Considered to be one of the biggest Roman Catholic churches in the Philippines, the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours  stands 95 meters long and 45 meters wide on a plateau in the center of Taal. It was designed by the famed Spanish architect Don Luciano Oliver.


Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours | Photo by Angel Juarez of Lakwatsero.com

Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, Manila
Located in the District of Binondo, Manila, the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz is one of the popular attractions within Manila's Chinatown.


Binondo Church

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila
Also known as Quiapo Church, The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene is home to the popular Black Nazarene statue.

Quiapo Church | Photo by David Gonzalez

Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church in Maasin City
The Maasin Cathedral, also known as Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church is a brick structure with a towering ceiling and has a colorful and bright interior.


Maasin Cathedral

Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati
Santuario de San Antonio which literally means "Sanctuary of Saint Anthony" is one of the most famous preferred wedding venues in Metro Manila.

Santuario de San Antonio Parish | Photo by: Yam Manuel

St. Joseph Church in Baguio City
Located at Pacdal Circle, St. Joseph Church  is  Baguio's most famous church where the celebrity couple Aga Mulach and Charlene Gonzales tied the knot. 

St. Joseph Church

Barasoain Church in Bulacan
Barasoain Church which is also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish is one of the most popular and historical landmarks in the Philippines. The church is known for its architectural design and beautiful interior.

Barasoain Church

San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church in Nagcarlan, Laguna
San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church or simply the Nagcarlan Church is one of Laguna's beautiful churches. Due to its picturesque feature it became a popular wedding venue in the province. 


Nagcarlan Church | Photo by Jeffrey Rilles of TravelingMorion.com

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral in Naga City
Also known as Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the major tourist attractions in Naga City. It is a famous Latin Rite Roman Catholic Cathedral.

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulous in Lucban, Quezon
Commonly known as Lucban Church, the Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulouse is located at the heart of the town proper of Lucban in  Quezon Province. It is where the popular Pahiyas festival originated. 

Lucban Church

Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church in Daraga, Albay
Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church, commonly known as Daraga Church is one of the most picture-perfect structures in Albay. You'll be able to have a great view of Mt. Mayon from the church on a clear, sunny day. 

Daraga Church

St. John the Baptist Church in Tabaco, Albay
The church of San Juan Bautista or St. John the Baptist Church is one of the most visited religious structures in the province of Albay. It has been declared as a national cultural treasure by the National Museum in 2001.

St. John the Baptist Church 

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which is also known as The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and St. Vitales has a typical Spanish colonial architecture. 


Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral | Photo by: Christian Vincent Literatus of The Bisdak Explorer

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church / Miagao Church in Iloilo
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church or simply the Miagao Church is one of Iloilo's most visited man-made structures. 


Miagao Church

Caleruega Church in Tagaytay
The Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega is one of Batangas' top choice when it comes to wedding venues. Its facade is similar to the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain.


Caleruega Church | Photo by Izel Gonzales

Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon
Designed by Leandro Locsin, a National Artist for Architecture,  the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon is known for its picturesque facade.


Monastery of Transfiguration | Photo by Jeffrey Rilles of TravelingMorion.com

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral was built by the Spanish friars sometime in 1894. Today, it continues to attract tourists and locals for its magnificent facade and interior.

Dipolog Cathedral

Tukon Chapel in Batanes
A project of the Abad family for the nearby communities so they wouldn't have to go farther to attend the holy mass, Tukon Chapel resembles a typical Ivatan stone House. It is an iconic structure in the Island province of Batanes. 


Tukon Chapel | Photo by: Angel Juarez of Lakwatsero.com

Roman Catholic Church Wedding Requirements:


If you are planning for a Catholic Church Wedding in the Philippines, below are the requirements.

1. Baptismal Certificate
2. Confirmation Certificate
3. Birth Certificate and Certificate of No Record of Mariage (CENOMAR)
4. Photo ID
5. Pre-Cana Seminar / Wedding Seminar
6. Marriage Banns
7. Canonical Interview
8. Confession
9. List of entourage and Principal Sponsors
10. Marriage License
11. list of songs, if applicable
12. Church permit for photographer and videographer, if applicable

For more info about these requirements, visit Purplelue.com
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