If you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time now, you might have noticed that I frequently post about churches. Well, I have been into blogging for more than eight years now and honestly, I never settle into a certain niche. I remember being so active in blogging that I managed to create and update more than ten blogs all at the same time but none of them stick to a particular theme. After being on a hiatus for quite a long time, I decided to bring this blog back to life but this time I would like it to focus more on my personal interests and travels.
I do not travel very often but if I do, I always make sure to include a church in all my itinerary. Our country has been conquered by the Spaniards for more than 3 centuries and that is the reason why we embraced Catholicism. As a result, you can find overwhelming number of churches in almost every province.
Some are old and some are new. Regardless of their age, it is fascinating how these structures managed to withstand the test of time. In addition to that, most of the old churches have become part of local tourism where people are encouraged to visit the place to witness these beautiful and historically-significant pieces of architecture. It is also not surprising to see a lot of church digital signage in use, both to increase community engagement and as part of local and national tourism promotion. You can even find churches in travel brochures and magazines now.
I am not a super religious guy here but there is really something about churches that attracts me!
I don’t think it needs any more explanation here. One of the reasons why I visit churches is because I am continuously seeking for a spiritual enlightenment. I would like to make it clear that a person seeking for spiritual enlightenment doesn’t have to hop from one church to another because we all know it doesn’t work that way. Spiritual enlightenment can be achieved by building a strong connection between you and God and church is just a perfect platform to do it. In my personal experience, for someone like me who has been battling for a life time illness and who has been suffering from anxiety and depression, the church has become my sanctuary that whenever I am here, it always feels like all my problems are being washed away! It offers a different and unexplainable kind of comfort that no other places on this earth can offer.
Philippine has a very rich history and churches have become a big part of it. These churches have witnessed countless wars and heroes from different eras. One of the reasons why i love visiting old churches is because of their interesting historical significance. I am not an expert historian here but I just find it so amusing that most of these churches managed to survive all those challenges, that they are standing still despite of many decades and centuries.
It has become a mission for me to explore various churches all over the Philippines. I know that it will surely take time but I will keep that as a personal challenge. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a series of churches taken from my pilgrimage tours from Holy Week including the churches I visited in Las Piñas, Parañaque, Manila, Zambales and more!