Why are there many churches in the Philippines?
The Philippines is one of the countries in Asia having a substantial portion of the population professing religious beliefs. Our nation has the third largest number of Catholicism in the world (Brazilㅡthe first; Mexicoㅡthe second).
Most people go to church on Sundays. I guess it is a usual practice of the Filipino families to bond and pray together.
Traditionally, people do Visita Iglesia during the Lenten season commonly known as the ‘Holy Week’. It is a steadfast custom to visit seven churches amidst this season.
Travelers would say that Filipinos are the world’s most devotional individuals. People come with personal requests and gratitude for their answered petitions. There are also some events for devotees which they consider as an act of intense piety.
The churches are not intended for showcasing architectural designs as they are built beyond history and culture. Tourists get attached to the story behind each chronicle. Not only does the mural give a picturesque tale, but it also serves a harmonious feeling inside the chapel.
Here are some of the most visited churches in Tagaytay:
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church
Mama Mary is the highlight of this place. The name given is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This place can be used as a venue for couples who are planning to get married. I grew up going to this church regularly.
Whenever some people even foreigners have privy intentions, they often visit this place to make a wish. It is not the ordinary way of tossing a coin in a wishing well. Here, they have to write their sincerest intent. Actually, two of my personal prayers came true.
Another interesting thing, nuns are in pink. During the mass, they are seated in front. There is also something I am wondering about as they do not mingle with churchgoers. Perhaps, it has something to do with mystery.
Last but not the leastㅡOur Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria
The main church is located on top of a hill in the town of Manaoag, Pangasinan. Here in Tagaytay, the same feature can be considered as the most attractive church in the city. Apart from having its huge statue of Mama Mary, this site offers solemnity and a feeling of sanctity. Anyone can go all the way up to touch the hand of the figure.
Even if one does not have a religion, everyone is welcome to visit these places for an astonishing experience. Plus, there are souvenirs that can be bought inside the premise. Newcomers would remark that exploring churches is a journey full of surprises.