#ShowThePope: Most beautiful PH churches

Katerina Francisco

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#ShowThePope: Most beautiful PH churches
Netizens share photos of some of the Philippines' most beautiful churches – monuments to Filipino faith – that they would like to #ShowThePope

MANILA, Philippines – To Pope Francis, the Church must stand as a place “of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved.”

To the Filipino Catholic faithful, the church is more than just a place of worship. It is a point of pride for their towns and cities; considered historically significant treasures and visually stunning monuments to the decades of Roman Catholic influence in the archipelago.

Photos of beautiful Spanish-era churches are among netizens’ most popular answers to Rappler’s #ShowThePope, a crowdsourcing effort to answer the question: What do you want the Pope to see in the Philippines?

For heritage advocate and popular tour guide Carlos Celdran, the churches of Intramuros in the capital Manila are particularly significant.

“I would #showthepope Intramuros and ask for help in rebuilding all of its seven churches,” he tweeted.

The Walled City, as Intramuros is called, was home to 7 churches before World War II.

Only two of the original 7 now remain: the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Manila Cathedral, where Pope Francis will celebrate his first Mass in the Philippines.

“Intramuros was the Asian Vatican. The physical spiritual center of PH until destroyed in WW2. We need to regain its significance,” Celdran said.

Outside Manila, netizens share photos of their towns’ cultural treasures.

@MariejuanaC tweeted this photo of the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours in Taal Town, Batangas, considered the largest Catholic church in Asia.

Rappler @jodeszgavilan said she would like to #ShowThePope photos of the churches in Visayas that were destroyed in the Bohol earthquake last year – to tell the Pope that “the Pinoy faith [is] still intact amid the work that needs to be done.”

Here are other beautiful churches and symbols of faith that social media users want the Pope to see:


What about you? What do you want to #ShowThePope?

Tweet us your photos using this hashtag, and we will include your entries in a gallery that we will send to the Vatican. We’ll also feature the best entries in our stories. – Rappler.com

Join Rappler in a 100-day countdown to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines: a journey from the Vatican to Tacloban. Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #PopeFrancisPH!

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