20 Apr 2011

Two Visita Iglesia Routes

  • 20 Apr 2011
  • Lag alag


  • Filipino Catholic observance of the Holy Week would never be complete without the traditional Visita Iglesia. And so Lagalag recommends these seven churches to visit during Visita Iglesia. The churches' proximity to each other as well as the common route for both public and private vehicles from which they are situated make the "Church Visits" more solemn as the travel from one church to another is not complicated whether by foot or by car and jeepney.

    Our Visita Iglesia involves the following Churches: Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene also known as Quiapo Church, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Ermita Shrine, Our Lady Of Remedies Parish also known as Malate Church, Our Lady Of Sorrows, and Redemptorist Church also known as Our Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine.

    Our Visita Iglesia has two routes - South to North and Vice Versa.

    South to North route starts in Redemptorist Church in Baclaran and ends up in Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.
    North to South route starts in Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo and ends up in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine also known as Redemptorist Church in Baclaran.

    South to North

    First Church - Redemptorist Church

    Redemptorist Church, most commontly known as Our Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine, is located at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Redemptorist Road in Baclaran. You can get here by car via Roxas Boulevard. A lot of jeepneys and buses ply the route that pass by Redemptorist Church.


    Second Church - Our Lady of Sorrows

    Located approximately 2 kilometers from Redemptorist Church. Situated along Harrison Street in Pasay City, between OWWA Building and TAILEE Building. This church is just opposite San Luis Street. By foot, you can get to Our Lady Of Sorrows from Redemptorist Church via north bound Roxas Boulevard. Walk along Roxas Boulevard northward, cross EDSA and Arnaiz Avenue formerly Libertad. Turn right on the fourth street from Arnaiz. That street is San Luis. At the opposite end is Our Lady of Sorrows.

    By car, take Roxas Boulevard north bound lane, cross EDSA via flyover and Arnaiz Avenue aka Libertad Street. After crossing Arnaiz Avenue intersection, take the north bound service road and turn right onto the third street from Arnaiz which is Sta Escolastica Street. Then turn left on Harrison Street until you get to Our Lady of Sorrows to your right.

    By jeepney, you can get there by riding a jeepney with any of these signs: "Mabini", "Quiapo", "Monumento", "Cubao" and "Divisoria". You need to get to Ortigas Street corner Roxas Boulevard to take a jeepney. Walk northward along Roxas Boulevard past McDonald's until you get to Ortigas Street.


    Third Church - Our Lady Of Remedies Parish

    Located opposite Rajah Sulayman Park which is situated along Roxas Boulevard in Malate, approximately 2 kilometers from Our Lady of Sorrows. By foot, you can get there from Our Lady Of Sorrows by taking San Luis Street, turn right on Roxas Boulevard and walk along Roxas Boulevard northward. Cross Gil Puyat Avenue, P. Ocampo, and Quirino Avenue until you get to Aristocrat Restaurant. Turn right onto the road that borders Aristocrat until you get to Our Lady Of Remedies Parish.

    By car, you can get to this church from Our Lady Of Sorrows by taking Roxas Boulevard northbound lane. You can get to Roxas Boulevard from Our Lady of Sorrows via San Luis Street, the road opposite the church. Cross Gil Puyat Avenue via the flyover, P. Ocampo and Quirino Avenue. After Quirino Avenue, watch out for Aristocrat Restaurant to your right. Turn right on the street that borders Aristocrat Restaurant until you see the church. Park your car at available space in the area.

    By jeepney, you can get to this church by riding jeep with any of these signs: "Quiapo", "Divisoria", "Monumento" and "Cubao" in front of Our Lady Of Sorrows. Make sure the jeep passes through Mabini. Ask driver to drop you off at Remedios Street where Our Lady Of Remedies Parish is located.


    Fourth Church - Ermita Shrine

    Approximately 1.2 kilometer from Our Lady Of Remedies Parish. Located at the corner of Del Pilar and Flores streets in Ermita. By foot, you can walk northward along Del Pilar, the road in front of Our Lady Of Remedies Parish, all the way until you get to Ermita Shrine. You will cross two intersections with traffic lights - Pedro Gil and Padre Faura.

    By car, drive along north bound service road of Roxas Boulevard or you can take Roxas Boulevard if you want. Cross Pedro Gil and Padre Faura until you get to Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia, a small park. You can park your car along the service road and go towards the opposite side of Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia. Ermita Shrine is situated in the opposite side of Del Pilar facing Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia.

    By jeepney, you can take a ride at the back of Our Lady Of Remedies Parish. This street is Mabini. Get off at Flores Street and walk towards Roxas Boulevard until you get to Del Pilar where this church is located.


    Fifth Church - San Agustin Church

    Approximately 1.5 kilometer from Ermita Shrine, San Agustin Church is located along General Luna Street in Intramuros. By foot, you can get there by taking Del Pilar northward, turn right onto T.M. Kalaw and turn left on Maria Orosa where a Jollibee is located at the right corner of Kalaw and Orosa. Walk along Orosa past Luneta Park and cross Burgos Street until you get to the entrance of Intramuros. Walk further along General Luna Street until you get to San Agustin Church, located to the left of General Luna.

    By car, take Roxas Boulevard. Turn right onto T.M. Kalaw Street and left on Maria Orosa Street. Drive on Maria Orosa past Luneta Park and cross Padre Burgos Street until you get to Intramuros. Road name changes to General Luna. Drive further until you get to San Agustin Church located to the left of General Luna Street.

    By jeepney, ride a "Monumento", "Quiapo" or "Divisoria" bound jeep and get off at Padre Burgos. Walk towards Intramuros and take General Luna Street to get to San Agustin Church located to your left.


    Sixth Church - Manila Cathedral

    Located approximately 365 meters from San Agustin Church at the other end of General Luna Street. Walk along General Luna northward until you get to the church. By car, take General Luna Street and drive northward until you get to the church.




    Seventh Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

    Located at Quiapo approximately 1.6 kilometer from Manila Cathedral. By foot, you can get there by taking the main road in front of Manila Cathedral. This road is Andres Soriano Jr Avenue. Turn right from Manila Cathedral to Andres Soriano. Walk further until you exit Intramuros and get to Lawton. Take the road in front of Metropolitan Theater and cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge until you get to Quiapo. Use Underpass to get to Quiapo Church.

    By car, take the same route you took along General Luna Street from Luneta Park until you exit Intramuros. Turn right on Y-intersection next to Intramuros Exit to go with the flow of traffic. Turn left on Padre Burgos and drive all the way to Lawton. Take McArthur Bridge and get to Carriedo. Take Avenida, turn right onto Recto Avenue. Then, turn right again onto Quezon Avenue, drive further until you get to Quiapo Church where you can park your car near church.

    By jeepney, you can take a ride in front of Manila Cathedral. Take a jeepney with "Retiro Blumentritt" or "Project 6" sign. Get off at Quiapo.

    North to South

    First Church - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

    Located along Quezon Avenue near Quezon Bridge. Most jeepney routes go to Quiapo including from Pasig, Novaliches, Fairview and other locations in Quezon City. Waking distance from Recto where jeepneys from Marikina pass through. There are parking areas designated for private cars located near church along Quezon Avenue. There are also Pay Parking near the church.

    Second Church - Manila Cathedral

    You can walk to Manila Cathedral from Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo by taking Quezon Bridge, past Post Office until you get to Intramuros. In Intramuros, take Magallanes Drive until you get to Andres Soriano Jr Avenue. Walk along Andres Soriano Jr Avenue until you get to Manila Cathedral located to the left of Andres Soriano Jr Avenue.

    By car, take Quezon Bridge and immediately turn right onto the road located at the foot of the bridge. This road is called Muelle Del Rio. Stay on this road and pass through two short tunnels under McArthur Bridge and Jones Bridge. Stay on Muelle Del Rio until you get to Andres Soriano Jr Avenue, the main thoroughfare that runs through Intramuros. Manila Cathedral is to the left of Andres Soriano near northern wall of Intramuros.

    By jeepney, you can ride a jeep with "Pier" sign and get off in front of Manila Cathedral.

    Third Church - San Agustin Church

    Walk from Manila Cathedral to San Agustin Church via General Luna Street which is located to your right if you're facing Manila Cathedral. General Luna Street is between Palacio Del Governador and Manila Cathedral. Walk along General Luna southward until you get to San Agustin Church, to your right.

    By car, you can get to San Agustin Church from Manila Cathedral by following the walking direction.

    Fourth Church - Ermita Shrine

    You can walk to Ermita Shrine by taking General Luna Exit of Intramuros. From San Agustin Church walk further southward along General Luna. Walk across Padre Burgos until you get to Luneta Park. Walk along Maria Orosa Street, the road that passes through Luneta. Turn right onto T.M. Kalaw Street and left on Del Pilar Street. Cross U.N. Avenue until you get to Ermita Shrine, located to the left of Del Pilar.

    By car, take General Luna southward until you exit Intramuros. Turn right onto Padre Burgos and left on Roxas Boulevard. Turn left on Kalaw and immediately turn right onto the service road of Roxas Boulevard. Cross U.N. Avenue until you get to Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia, a small park. You can park your car anywhere in along the service road and walk your way to Ermita Church, located along Del Pilar which is paralleled to Roxas Boulevard.

    By jeepney, you can ride outside General Luna Exit of Intramuros. Take a jeepney with "Baclaran" or "Vito Cruz" sign and get off at Ermita Shrine.

    Fifth Church - Our Lady Of Remedies Parish

    Walk along Del Pilar southward. Cross two intersection with traffic lights - Padre Faura and Pedro Gil. Walk further until you get to Remedios Street where Our Lady Of Remedies Parish is located.

    By car, you can get to Our Lady Of Remedies Parish from Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia by taking the service road of Roxas Boulevard. Drive southward, cross Padre Faura and Pedro Gil until you get to Rajah Sulayman Park where the church is located next to it along Del Pilar Street.

    You can get to Our Lady Of Remedies from Plaza Nuestra Senora De Guia by jeepney by riding one with "Baclaran" or "Vito Cruz" sign. Ask driver to drop you off at Malate Church or Remedios.

    Sixth Church - Our Lady Of Sorrows

    You can walk to Our Lady of Sorrows from Our Lady Of Remedies by taking Del Pilar all the way up to Quirino Avenue and then take Roxas Boulevard. Cross P. Ocampo aka Vito Cruz and take Gil Puyat. From Gil Puyat turn right onto Harrison Street. Walk along Harrison Street until you get to Our Lady Of Sorrows to your left opposite San Luis.

    By car, take the service road, cross Padre Faura and Pedro Gil and take Roxas Boulevard from Quirino Avenue. Cross CCP Complex but immediately take the rightmost lane. Turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue and make a U-Turn to get back to Roxas Boulevard. Cross Roxas Boulevard and turn right onto Harrison Street where Our Lady Of Sorrows is located to the left after OWWA but before the 5-storey building with "TAILEE" sign.

    By jeep, you can get to Our Lady Of Sorrow from Malate Church by riding a "Baclaran" bound jeep and ask driver to drop you off at the church.

    Seventh Church - Redemptorist Church

    Walk along Harrison Street southward all the way to EDSA where you cross it via footbridge. Walk further along Harrison until you get to Baclaran where you turn right on Redemptorist Road (a McDonal's is located at the corner of Redemptorist Road and Harrison Street) until you get to Redemptoriest Church.

    From Our Lady Of Sorrows, drive along Harrison Street southward and cross Arnaiz Avenue formerly Libertad. Turn right onto EDSA and make a U-Turn in front of Heritage Hotel. Turn right onto Harrison Street and right again onto Cuneta Avenue, the road next to EDSA. Turn left on service road of Roxas Boulevard to get nearer to Redemptorist Church. You can park your car at McDonald's and walk your way to Redemptorist.

    From Our Lady Of Sorrows, you can ride a "Baclaran" bound jeepney and get off at McDonald's branch in Roxas Boulevard Baclaran. From there walk southward until you get to Redemptorist Church.


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