San Sebastian Church

Manila, Manila

The Basílica Menor de San Sebastian, better known as San Sebastian Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines and the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian.

Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features. an example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel temple in the Philippines, and ...

as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973.

San Sebastian Church is under the care of The Order of the Augustinian Recollects, who also operate a college adjacent to the basilica. It is located at Plaza del Carmen, at the eastern end of Recto Avenue, in Quiapo, Manila.

San Sebastian Church News

  • When Faith And Ingenuity Collide

    When Faith And Ingenuity Collide

    Philippines is the only one of two Asian countries that is predominantly Catholic. More than three hundred years since the Spaniards occupied the Philippines, it is no doubt that many Filipinos embraced Catholicism. While other neighboring Asian countries take pride of their temples, Philippines has beautiful churches ??" a place where Catholics display their devotion and faith to Jesus Christ.

    Philippine churches demonstrate unique architectural realm, as they are majestic and grandiose. Going around the country for years, part of my itinerary are the churches, whether ancient or modern, t ...

  • San Sebastian The Church Made Of Steel

    San Sebastian The Church Made Of Steel

    After meeting up at TIP Manila for my cap distributed by Street Style Originals, my plan was to visit Paco Cemetery but due to unfriendly weather condition, I opted to visit San Sebastian Church, just few meters away. For the second time, when I entered the church, I was still fascinated by its uniqueness; from the walls, columns, floor, glass chandeliers, cabinets and others look really stunning.

    San Sebastian Church or Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is a Minor Basilica in the City of Manila. Its first structure is situated on a land donated by Don Bernardino Castillo, a devotee of Saint ...

  • 47th Penitential Walking

    47th Penitential Walking

    This is my third time to join this penitential walking sponsored by the Mission De Colores founded by the late Juaning Reyes. The last time I attended was on April 5, 2007, its 38th Penitential Walking then. It is usually held every Maundy Thursday.

    This penitential walking has a double purpose, namely: "Visita Iglesia" the usual term used when the Philippines was under the Spanish regime as one of its colonized country for 377 years covering the period from 1521 when European explorer, Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines and ended in 1898 with with the outbreak of the Spanish??"A ...

  • 7 Churches In Manila Perfect For Your Visita Iglesia

    7 Churches In Manila Perfect For Your Visita Iglesia

    While Lent kicks off on Ash Wednesday, the Holy Week activities start on Palm Sunday, signaling Christ's triumphal entry unto Bethlehem; and devout Filipinos are already looking forward to the traditional Visita Iglesia.

    Visita Iglesia, Spanish for "church visit", is an ancient Roman Catholic tradition dating back to 1553.

    During the Visita Iglesia, or the Seven Churches Visitation, the Catholic faithful visit seven churches on the evening of Maundy Thursday, to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church. This year's Maundy Thursday falls on March 24, 2016.

    Praying before the Bl ...

  • 5 Holy Week Destinations And What To See

    5 Holy Week Destinations And What To See

    1. Witness the Maledo (San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites) in Pampanga

    To tourists, it is merely a gruesome reenactment of the Passion and Death of Christ where actors flagellate themselves and are nailed to their waiting crosses. To the penitents, it is a religious act of penance and a vow of sacrifice.

    Maleldo is being observed every Good Friday.

    2. Join the Panaad in Camiguin

    During Holy Week, people from different parts of Mindanao visit Camiguin to fulfill the panaad ("religious promise"). This involves a 64-kilometer walk around the island while reciting and praying the Way of the ...

  • Throwback Manilas San Sebastian Church

    Throwback Manilas San Sebastian Church

    San Sebastian Church is one of the most enthralling churches in the Philippines. It's gothic architecture makes it very noticeable from the rest of the churches in Manila. The fact that it is also the only metal church in the Philippines makes it as a inimitable architectural feat, not to mention its colorful and challenging past.

    It has been submitted to UNESCO World Heritage Site but the Philippines is still waiting for its confirmation.

    These photos were taken back in the days when Flickr was the photography site to reckon with. I consider photographing San Sebastian Church a very cha ...