ISSUE NO. 1 // VOLUME NO. 1 // SEPT 2018
GUADALUPE THE RUINS OF GUADALUPE
SANTUARIO DE GUADALUPE The oldest landmark in Makati built in 1629 p. 12
NUESTRA SEÃ‘ORA DE GRACIA CHURCH
HISTORY OF THE RUINS OF GUADALUPE
TAKE ME AWAY
WHAT MAKES IT BEAUTIFUL
STNETNOC FO ELBAT
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NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GRACIA CHURCH The Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church, also known as Guadalupe Church, is a Baroque Roman Catholic church in Makati, Philippines. The parish church and its adjacent monastery are currently administered by the Augustinian friars of the Province of Santo Niño de Cebu. The territory of the parish covers San Carlos Seminary, the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila and Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary.
THE RUINS PROCLAIM THAT THE BUILDING WAS BEAUTIFUL S E E
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FOUNDATION THE HISTORY OF THE OLDEST LANDMARK IN MAKATI By 1632, the devotion had spread due to the
Guadalupe was built by Fray Simon Dantes.
Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. Devotees from
This foundation was declared a domus
Spain and Mexico thronged into the sanctuary
formata or a community under the advocacy
of Guadalupe to pay their respects to the
of Our Lady of Grace through a Provincial
Virgin. It became such a habitual courtesy that
Chapter on March 7, 1601. One year after, the
the authorities were forced to put up a landing
Community in Guadalupe was given the right
dock at the foot of the hill by the river. A
to vote in the provincial chapters.
wooden house and a stairs of stone of around one hundred steps were built in order to
In the Chapter held on November 30, 1603, the
accommodate the pilgrims who in turn never
patroness, Our Lady of Grace was changed to
failed to donate money.
Our Lady of Guadalupe following the request of several devout and religious people to
Due to its altitude, the monastery offered good
honor the memory of the Virgin Mary
sanitary conditions. It was designed as the “sole
venerated in Extremadura, Spain. A wooden
recreation house for the religious living in
replica of the statue was later brought from
Manila.” A clause of the Chapter held in 1716
prohibited the religious from going to any other house for their vacations except to Guadalupe.
The first sanctuary and monastery in
Architectural Structure THE
The exterior of the church's facade showcase Neo-Romanesque-Gothic style that began in the mid 19th Century, which drew inspiration from the 11th and 12th century Romanesque architecture. The features present in the architectural design of the church are the semi-circular arches on windows and main entrance. Among with the famous structures that has this architectural designs are the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, the Vasa Church in Sweden, the Puck Building in New York, the Ontario Legislative Building in Canada, and the Vajdahunyad Castle in Hungary.
While the details of its interiors, niches, and around the tympanum lightens the massive character of the structure with touches of Baroque architecture style. The Baroque architecture is an architectural style that originated in late 16thcentury Italy. Distinctive features of Baroque architecture include broader naves and sometimes given oval forms, opulent use of color and ornaments, an external façade often characterized by a dramatic central projection among others.
Exterior and the interiors of Guadalupe Church have touches of both Baroque and Neo-Romanesque-Gothic style of architecture.
take me away Jan
A SERENE PLACE
Veni Vini Amari We. came. We saw. We loved.
When I visited the Church, I was in
awe, it was so beautiful. The
It was a fantastic ruins to visit and it
clearly shows culture and history. Its a very peaceful church that I feel a
brings a deep sense of belonging the
EREHT EM EKAT
architectural structure of the Church
moment you set foot into the Church.
stronger spiritual connection with God.
PICTURESQUE PLACE Aljon
SOLEMN PLACE Had visited this place and it was amazing. The work of the art brought us back to Spanish Colonial era. Perfect location because it's located in the heart of the metro. Nevermind the neighbors because your here to pray, not for them������
BEAUTIFUL CHURCH BUT NOT SO MUCH TO DO I actually got married in this church. It's beautiful but unless you're planning on attending mass, studying architecture, or getting married, there's not much to do
The church enables a historical aura and it felt like I'm visiting a foreign country. Love the architectural design as well. n_alunan
THE STRUCTURE OF THE GREAT HISTORY OF MAKATI The place is great and the structure of the church shows culture and
here. Plus, it's in a pretty bad
history...It is a great place to visit for it
neighborhood and a bit difficult to
already stands there long time a go...
get to without a car.
WHAT MAKES IT BEAUTIFUL SEE THE RUINS TURN TO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL The church was damaged amidst an earthquake in 1658 and was repaired from 1659 to 1662 by Fray Alonso Quijano. During the eruption of Taal Volcano in 1754, the church was spared from destruction. Although spared, in 1762, British troops occupied the church to serve as their military headquarters and also desecrated the church, sacked the tombs and defiled and robbed the decorations and jewelry of the images of the saints. In 1880, an earthquake caused damage to the church. The masonry roof collapsed and even the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was destroyed. Two years later, the church was rebuilt by Rev. Fr. Jose Corujedo. Starting in 1882, the church was converted in an asilo (refuge and shelter) to house the orphans of the victims of cholera that devasted Manila for three years.
In 1898 to 1899, during the Philippine-Ameraican War, both the church and its monastery were occupied by Filipino revolutionaries, and later by the American Forces and Japanese Imperial Army. As a result, the edifices were destroyed by fire, and for a while, became a haunted place to the barrio folk. The old monastery building was then demolished by the order of the Archdiocese of Manila and its stones were taken to Intramuros for the reconstruction of the Manila Cathedral. On June 29, 1970, After an agreement was concluded between the Archbishop of Manila and the Vicar of the Augustinians in the Philippines, the Augustinians were recalled to their own house to inherit the convent and ruins of the church. Despite that, the building lived on and became a part history. The ruins were made to make it beautiful even with its many flaws.
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