Jenifel Baliday-Alavazo 29 June 2011
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Tags : wedding, churches, ceremony, cebu
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Churches in Cebu

We list down wedding churches in this beautiful destination.

One of the most beautiful vacation spots in the Philippines, Cebu is one good option for a destination wedding. Its rustic and historical structures--which includes churches--show the city's rich culture. Below are a few popular churches in the area, in case you are planning to have a destination wedding in Cebu.

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
This church was purportedly built on the spot where the sculpture of the image of Sto. Niño was found. Said to be the oldest relic in the Philippines, the image is believed to be the same one which Ferdinand Magellan gave to Queen Juana, when she and Rajah Humabon converted to Christianity back in 1521. This 16th century church features an eclectic mix of neo-classical, Romanesque and even Muslim influences. It is also one of the busiest churches in the province, as it is constantly welcomes both devotees and tourists alike, and is the focus of many pilgrimages across the country. The edifice boasts historical and religious significance, and its grandeur makes for a very memorable wedding ceremony. The main altar retablo is stunning, too.

For more information on Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, click here.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

P. Burgos St., Cebu City
Known as the religious seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu, this cathedral's architecture is typical with baroque colonial churches made in the country during the Spanish regime--squat, thick walled, and built to withstand the test of time. Compared to the nearby Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, the place is more quiet, orderly and solemn--perfect for a heartfelt matrimonial rite. It is said that the church took a century to build due to lack of funds and frequent civil society conflicts. As it was, it suffered heavily bombing during the WWII and only the belfry, the façade and the walls remained of the original church. Still, the cathedral stood, a mute witness to the passage of time. Having your nuptial vows here can be representation of a love that prevails over challenges.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish

Pasteur cor. Edison St. Lahug, Cebu City 
Located in Lahug, Cebu City, this chapel is fairly new compared to the other structures in the area. It was built by Dr. Virgilio Gonzales and his wife in 1938, as a fulfillment of their promise to St. Therese. Like most churches in World War II, it was partially damaged, scarred and pockmarked from the numerous bullets and shrapnels brought about by the war, and only the belltower, the façade with the statue of St. Therese, the pillars and the tiles were left of the original church. It recently underwent renovation, and the chapel's new minimalist altar sitting atop a flight of white steps, and the new dome painted sky blue with white clouds, give that airy, expansive look. 

To know more about St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, click here.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Church (Carcar Church)

Poblacion, Carcar, Cebu

Tagged as the second oldest in Cebu, this church sits atop a hill overlooking the town. Its structure showcases a combination of Graeco-Roman and Islamic influences. One of its remarkable features is the Muslim-inspired pair of minarets capping the twin belfries, commonly seen in mosques. Its minimalist Graeco-Roman altar is roofed by a colorful coffered ceiling, which makes the church look bigger than it really is. It is said that this was one of the well-built churches in the province as manifested by its harmonious designs and careful layout. The church is the pride of Carcar, which is already known as one of the heritage towns in the country. This gem of a structure is particularly interesting in the morning, when the sunlight hits its whitewashed façade, casting a fresh glow.

National Shrine of St. Joseph

Mandaue City, Cebu

Believed to be constructed in 1601, this national shrine houses one of the rarest religious relic in the Orient, the lifesized Señor de Cena (The Last Supper) featuring Jesus and his 12 apostles. This church, managed by the Jesuits, also features a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus beside him in the style of 18th century ivory, and is believed to be the oldest statue of St. Joseph in the Philippines. The said statue is located  in front of the altar, and would make a handsome backdrop for your wedding photos. A mixture of Graeco-Roman and baroque influences can be seen in the architecture, and the structure is made of coral stones and concrete. There used to be a cupola supported by four large pillars, but recent renovations saw the removal of this dome-like structure. 

For more info on Cebu and other destinations, visit TravelBook.ph.

Flashbox photo from Anne and Allan's wedding by Jim Ubalde

Gallery photos by Mark Cantelejo, Rock, Paper, Scissors Photography, and Acfs1982 (Wikimedia.org)