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If These Beautiful PH Churches Won't Convince You To Attend Simbang Gabi, Nothing Will

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Choose Philippines | Dec 19, 2017

Simbang Gabi is a very significant part of the Filipino tradition. What makes it more delighful to wake up at dawn to attend the mass for 9 consecutive days? Well, the Philippines has some of the oldest and most beautiful churches. 

It is believed that after completing the Simbang Gabi and fully engaging in novena, one can make a wish. Aside from that, you get to enjoy a warm treat of puto bumbong or buttery bibingka to start off your day. Wherever you are in the country, you have no excuse to skip Simbang Gabi, especially if the churches are as beautiful as these:  

Cathedral of San Sebastian, Negros Occidental

This cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the provinces which was originally founded by Bishop Mariano Cuartero, O.P.

Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Manila

The Manila Cathedral is one of the historic landmarks of Manila City. After doing your novena, might as well explore notable spots in Intramuros.


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Molo Church, Iloilo

Molo Church or the “Feminist Church” is a must see when in the City of Love. Can you name all the 16 female saints within its’ vicinity?

San Sebastian Church, Manila

The Basílica Menor de San Sebastián is prominent for its architectural design made of steel.


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Sto. Niño Church, Cebu 

Are you in Cebu? Come visit The Basilica Menor del Santo  Niño which is the oldest Catholic church in the Philippines, founded in 1565. 


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