The San Sebastian Church, located at Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila is one of the most remarkable churches in our country. I have visited this minor basilica only a handful of times and it always leaves me in awe. Because it is entirely made out of steel, over the past 126 years it has accumulated rust and is need of a vast restoration.

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Just look at that!

In lieu with the restoration, the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. has offered a tour to help fund the expenses.

“A member of our team will be your guide to understanding the faith, art, history, and ongoing restoration of the Philippines’ only all-metal building. We’ll also give you access to the private spaces of the building where no other tour can bring you: the choir loft, attics, and even the belfries.”

I don’t want to bore you with details, dates, and historical facts. I know from first hand experience, that seeing it and hearing about the basilica and all the history that it has been through is a more engaging. But to peak your interest, here are some shots I took.

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One of the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
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Up close, you can see the rust eating its way to the exterior of the columns.
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The interior view of one of the windows on the belfry tower.
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One of the three spiral staircase leading to the belfry.
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The steel vaults in all its majesty. This brings back so many memories when I was reviewing for my Architectural Licensure Exam as we had to memorize each parts of the vaults.
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Ysabel, our tour guide, did such a great job touring us around. She was no boring, ordinary tour guide!
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Another view of the ribbed vault.

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The dome.
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Left to right: Mharren, Genissa, Dan Paul, me, Mark

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The bell tower.

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One of the original stained glass windows.
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This spectacular facade, on a gloomy day.
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Imagine walking down this aisle.

How can I book a tour?

Excerpt from their facebook page:

“Prices start at P80 per head for students (up to the undergraduate level). We also give special discounts to senior citizens year round, while teachers with school IDs book for free. Know that 100% of all proceeds will go to the basilica’s restoration.

You can also help us by sharing this post, and tagging your friends and teachers who might be interested to bring their students to this National Cultural Treasure.

MECHANICS: For reservations and more information, send us a message or email savesansebastian.org@gmail.com. You can also reach us through landline at (02)708-5122. You can also go ahead and fill out a tour reservation form on Google Docs here: http://goo.gl/forms/SFnF2RMNUy.

See you all soon at the basilica! #SaveSSBasilica”

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Support! Support! Support!

Go book your tour and support and educate yourself (with your friends, barkada, family) on this national cultural treasure. You will not regret it, I assure you!


HAPPY VIEWING!


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Posted by:phoebe

Hello there, Phoebe here. I have always wanted a platform wherein I can express myself therefore, I have decided to start this blog. I am a young adult living in the Philippines who wants to share her finds, adventures, passions, opinions and art to the world whilst fulfilling her dreams and purpose. Amidst all of this, I have chosen to document my journey into minimalism and living an environmentally conscious life.

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