Mar 19

My Top 4 Churches In The Philippines


Holy week is almost here and for most Catholics, this is the best time to visit churches. I have been to several churches in the Philippines, but only four stand out for me.

St. Vincent Parish Church in Calape, Bohol

This Gothic-inspired Catholic church has always been my favorite not only because it is dubbed as the Epitome of Bohol Gothic, but because it is a witness of most of my life events being a Catholic. I was baptized, had my first communion, confirmed, and got married here. Built in 1802, this church still stands after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Bohol in 2013.




Kamay Ni Hesus Shrine, Lucban, Quezon

This 5-hectare property almost has it all from the Garden Of Eden, to Noah’s Arc, to Gallery Of Saints, Angel’s Hill, to the Luklukan ni Maria. What I love most about this place is climbing the 305 steps to get to the 50-foot statue of the Risen Christ, one of the tallest statues of the Ressurected Christ in the world.


noah's arc

kamay ni hesus


Monastery Of The Holy Eucharist, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu

When I first visited here,  I couldn’t believe I was inside a church. I thought I was in one of the castles in Morrocco or was it in Greece, or Geneva,  or Ukraine. The Simala Church was built in 1998 by Marian Monks and has become a must-go place for believers of miracles.



lenten destination simala

Photo grabbed from Lil Manapsal

Photo grabbed from Lil Manapsal

simala church churches in the philippines

Photo by Lil Manapsal


St. Michael The Archangel Church, Jagna, Bohol

A hundred-meter long, the St Michael The Archangel Church is the longest in Bohol. I love its bell tower, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of its Mexican-like structure or its Copacobana-resort-like-color combination, or mybe its because of those pine trees, I really don’t know. I just love it.

ubay bohol churches in the philippines

The striking bell tower

There are a lot of churches in the Philippines that I have been to and I still have to visit a hundred more of them. So far these are my favorite. What are yours? Share them here.

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