Centuries-old churches are found all over the Philippines, so are the modern churches.
From the ancient Walled City of Intramuros to the island of Bohol, churches built in the 15th to 17th century are still standing strong up to this day. Most of them suffered from bombings, attacks, fires, and natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions but through the combined efforts of the people, government, and private sectors, they all undergo repair and restoration that enable them to once again open their doors to devotees.
But historical churches are not the only things to look forward to in the country when it comes to places of worship and architecture. With the ever-growing population and continued expansion of residential areas, several modern structures including churches can be seen in the Philippines.
Here are some of the most beautiful modern churches and chapels found in the Philippines.
1 | St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish
Location: Humabon Place, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Also known as Magallanes Church, St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori is famous for its interesting architecture which consists of curves and lines. It has a dome-like structure with rows of clear glass to allow natural light therefore decreasing the consumption of fossil fuel. It has a mezzanine hence increasing the seating capacity to 900 which is thrice the original. The interior of the church is Art Deco-inspired and features wooden doors and white walls and ceiling. The altar wall is a combination of wood and stained glass depicting the burning bush during the time of Moses.
The overall look of the church creates a perfect backdrop for photos no wonder it is one of the most popular venues for Catholic weddings.
2 | Christ the King Parish
Location: Greenmeadows Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
Like the Magallanes Church, Christ the King Parish has a modern design that features curves and lines. It has a slightly oval foot print with glass walls, glass window frames, glass folding doors on the side with stained glass above them, and automatic sliding glass door at the front entrance. The church, therefore, enjoys abundant natural light and is supplemented by LED spotlights on either side of the ceiling.
At the altar stands an imposing 20-foot high statue of Risen Christ of the King with a giant wooden cross behind.
The church is air-conditioned and can seat 1,200 people.
3 | St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Location: Bel-Air II, Makati City
Built in honor of Don Andres Soriano Sr., the church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Makati is one of a kind in the Philippines. It is of modern architecture that features butterfly-shaped floor plan to symbolize the manner St. Andrew died crucified on an X-shaped cross which is now called the St. Andrew’s Cross. The altar, surrounded by pews in an octagon form, has a giant circular chandelier serving as a halo over the copper cross hanging on top.
The church is a collaboration of National Artists Leandro Locsin and Napoleon Abueva and also features the works of National Artist Vicente Manansala and renowned Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo.
4 | Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Location: Villamor Airbase, Pasay City
Located inside the Villamor Airbase compound, the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus is an adobe-colored structure in classic contemporary design. It has a column-less interior, dome-shaped ceiling, and stained glass windows depicting the life story of St. Therese in the upper portion and the Stations of the Cross at the bottom portion. The wooden doors at the church’s front entrance have carvings depicting the saint and the Holy Face of Jesus. Each carving is surrounded with 12 roses, or a total of 24 roses, as the symbol of St. Therese being the “Little Flower of Jesus” and her age when she died.
The church can seat 1,800 people.
5 | San Pedro Calungsod Chapel
It may be called a chapel but it has actually a seating capacity of 800 people. Designed to pay homage to Cebu’s dynamic spirit, the chapel features 100 walls with varying heights and widths but facing only one direction so it is opaque on one side and transparent on the other side. The chapel has a minimalist interior and the altar is as unique as the entire structure. Made of sand, stone, and glass, the chapel has an adoration chapel, sacristy, the 14 Stations of the Cross, sunken garden, and a quiet room for children.
6 | Stella Maris Chapel
Location: Cagraray Island, Albay
Stella Maris Chapel is a popular attraction when exploring the town of Bacacay, particularly Misibis Bay. The contemporary building stands on a hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Albay. It has glass windows that allow natural light to the chapel and provides the lovely views of the surroundings. It is one of the most romantic spots in the area thus a popular venue for Catholic weddings.
Want to see more modern churches in the Philippines? Check out Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila Campus, St. Therese of the Child Chapel in Pico de Loro, and Ephrathah Glass Chapel in Iloilo.
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