While we are on our way to Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church, we saw a huge church nearby but we have no idea if it is a Catholic Church or not. So after paying a visit to Las Piñas Church, we decided to check the place only to find out that it is indeed a Catholic Church with a huge columbarium similar to the Transfiguration Of Christ Church in Antipolo. The church is known as the Santuario De San Ezekiel Moreno (Sanctuary of Saint Ezekiel Moreno) which is also dubbed as the grandest center of faith in South Metro Manila. Interestingly, it is a project of Villar Foundation that support religious organizations. “The Villar Foundation has been working closely with various religious organizations and institutions in order to provide focus on the Foundation’s outreach efforts.”(According to their official webpage) Located in Barangay Pulanglupa along the Old Town Las Piñas Historical Corridor, the church is inspired by the architectural elements of the Spanish colonial period. Unlike the Bamboo Organ Church, Santuario De San Ezekiel Moreno is relatively new yet the size of it is extremely magnificent. We are lucky that there are no visitors that day and we were able to get a nice view of the church. This 700-seater church will be a column-free edifice with a grand adoration chapel, designed by the world-class firm of Architect Claude Edwin Andrews and masterplanned by DQA Design and Planning, Inc.
[The facade of the church]The columbarium (managed by managed by Golden Haven Memorial Park) below the church was huge but was currently under construction that time.
The church’s nave
The main altarThe balustraded octagonal ceiling
The church’s ceiling A majestic view of the church’s interior from the choir loft. Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno was built in honor of the Spanish Agustinian priest who served as parish priest of Las Piñas from 1876 to 1879. The Santuario will be considered as a center for healing of cancer patients as St. Ezekiel Moreno is regarded as the patron saint of cancer victims.
Aside from the church and the columbarium, there is also a small museum here that displays a relic from Saint Ezekiel and I share it on a separate post