Silang Catholic Church
The church is large and the altar has intricate designs. There
are numerous statues of Christ, Mary, and the saints of the Catholic
Church ensconced within the altars' multi- level wooden platforms
with stylized carvings. Legend goes that the church simply miraculously
appeared overnight during the Spanish times. Others claim that
it was created through forced labor instituted by the Spanish
colonizers. The church was said to have been constructed in 1585.
Location : Silang town proper (adjacent the Silang
How to get there : From Baclaran, take a mini-bus-bound
for Amadeo and get off in Silang.
Travel time : 1 hour and 45 minutes' drive.
General Trias Catholic Church
The Church altar is decorated with many ornately-carved statues
of religious Catholic
saints and personas mainly set upon a multi-tiered wooden carved
platform. The church dates back to the Spanish period more than
300 years ago. The altar design is remarkably similar to the
Location : Poblacion, Gen. Trias (fronting the
town plaza and municipal hall).
How to get there : The Saulog Transit Inc. buses are serving
the route between Vito Cruz, Metro Manila and General Trias via
the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road.
Travel time : 1 to 1/2 hours' drive from Manila..
Maragondon Catholic Church
Of 17th century vintage, the Marigondon Catholic Church was built
by the Dominican friars. It has a large convent made of different
antique woods and bricks. The wooden altar, pulpit and main portal
are finely crafted. One of the mainattractions is the tower which
in the olden times, served as a lookout for signs of enemy intruction.
Location : Poblacion, Maragondon (fronting the
town plaza and municipal hall ).
How to get there : Saulog buses ply the route from Metro Manila
to Marigondon. The road condition from Manila to the place is
generally good and very accessible especially if one takes the
Aguinaldo Boulevard route.
Travel time : 2 hours from Manila.
Our Lady of La Salette Shrine
This church was built by the American Missionaries of Our Lady
of La Salette, known to Filipinos as Our Lady of Hope. The shrine
is famous for its unique park theme and giant woodcarvings of
the Last Supper and the Stations of the Cross. Serenity is endowed
by well-tended pine trees, shrubbery and expansive lawns at this
place. An imposing shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in
the middle of a well-trimmed garden surrounded by flags of different
nations where Catholicism thrived. Retreat houses, chapels, souvenir
shops, and other interesting attractions make the place interesting
not only for cursory visitations but for spiritual contemplation
Location : Kilometer 41, Barangay Biga, Silang
How to get there : BLTB buses and mini-buses from Baclaran
pass by the Shrine in Silang, from Metro Manila.
Travel time : Approximately 1 hour from Manila to the
Nuestra Señora dela
Soledad de Porta Vaga
Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga, reputed to
be a relic of Spain, is a painting of the Virgin Mary framed
in carved wood. The relic is said to have been discovered, beached
on the shores between the old Puerto Vaga in Cavite City and
Barrio San Roque during the 18th century. The painting, presently
set in precious gems, is also known as the "Virgin of a
Thousand Miracles" because of many miracles granted to the
faithful devotees from the day of its discovery to the present.
Location : San Roque Parish Church, Cavite City
How to get there : Pantranco, Saulog and St. Rafael buses
travel from Metro Manila to Cavite City via Aguinaldo Boulevard.
From there jeepneys and tricycles can be availed of to take you
to San Roque Church.
Travel time : 1 1/2 hours' drive from Manila.
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