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14 Churches to Visit on Your Visita Iglesia Road Trip

by Maia Marquez

During Holy Week, many Roman Catholics would take the Visita Iglesia tradition as an opportunity to head out of town and see the sights.

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The idea of Visita Iglesia is to visit 7 churches on Holy Thursday and recite the Stations of the Cross. The more pious would visit 14—one church per station.

No matter how many churches you're planning to go to, make Visita Iglesia a worthwhile road trip down south with these beautiful chapels and shrines.

1. St. Benedict Parish

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Situated right by the entrance of Ayala Westgrove Heights, this Mediterranean-inspired church is a popular wedding venue, given its convenient location that's about a 5-minute drive to and from Nuvali. Tucked in lush greens, its predominantly white aesthetic provides a comfortable haven for prayers.

St. Benedict Parish
Ayala Westgate Hights
Silang, Cavite

2. Our Lady of the Candelaria Parish

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Also known as the Silang Church, this baroque structure has gained popularity for its Spanish colonial architecture. Legend has it is that the church mysteriously surfaced. Hence, the place is called silang, which means to be born.

Our Lady of the Candelaria Parish Church
JP Rizal, Poblacion 1
Silang, Cavite

3. San Antonio de Padua Parish

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With its rustic façade and Portuguese charm, the complex has 2 structures: the 3-tiered bell tower and the chapel—both made of red bricks. Its patron saint is St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.

San Antonio de Padua Parish
Pook, Silang, Cavite

4. Madre de Dios Chapel

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Simple, modern, and Mediterranean-style, this hilltop chapel is located in the exclusive Tagaytay Highlands. While you're there, admire the stunning glassed mosaic windows that reflect different colors when the sunlight strikes it. And with its picturesque views of Taal Lake and Volcano, this Visita Iglesia stop has become a top choice for weddings, too.

Madre de Dios Chapel
Madre de Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Highlands

5. Tierra de Maria

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This 50-foot Mama Mary image is a replica of Pangasinan’s Our Lady of Manaog that calls for thanksgiving and prayers for healing. After contemplation and reflection at the intimate chapel, don't forget to enjoy the breathtaking views of Tagaytay from the panoramic deck.

Tierra de Maria
Calamba Road, Tagaytay

6. Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish Church

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Translated to "Our Lady of Perpetual Help", this Roman Catholic title was bestowed on Mother Mary as represented in a 15th-century Byzantine icon. This humble church is also a favorite for weddings and renewal of vows.

Ina ng Laging Saklolo
Calamba Road, Tagaytay

7. Divine Word Seminary

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Surrounded by pine trees and wrapped with the city’s cool breeze, this church exudes an essence of purity that'll make it stand out in your Visita Iglesia. Their vintage pipe organ is a sight to behold as well—even though they don’t use it anymore, unfortunately.

Divine Word Seminary
SVD Road, Tagaytay

8. Pink Sisters Convent

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At this convent, founder Saint Arnold Janssen chose the color pink to represent love and joy for the Holy Spirit. The nuns, who are the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, are often seen dressed in pink and quietly praying.

Pink Sisters Convent
Holy Spirit Drive, Brgy. Maitim, Tagaytay
(0908) 523 8512

9. Angels’ Hills Retreat and Formation Center

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Those seeking to encounter God’s presence will find refuge in the warm welcome from the life-sized statue of Archangel Saint Michael. This 2-hectare haven is also a popular venue for retreats, recollections, and value formation seminars.

Angels’ Hills Retreat and Formation Center
Arnoldus Road, Barangay Maitim II East
Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay

10. Our Lady of Lourdes Church

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Its easy accessibility has made it one of the most known churches in Tagaytay. Apart from attracting visitors because of its scenic garden landscape, it has a Candle Chapel where patrons light colored candles depending on what they’re praying for.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Nasugbu Highway, Silang Junction
North Tagaytay
(046) 413 0758
(046) 413 1260

11. St. Mary Magdalene Parish

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Formerly a Japanese garrison during World War 2, it holds a long record of historical events. It was even declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984.

St. Mary Magdalene Parish
Amadeo, Cavite

12. Caleruega Chapel of Transfiguration of Jesus

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This popular Holy Week spot was named after a town in Spain, where its patron St. Dominic de Guzman was born. This Dominican church and retreat destination is also known for its stunning natural landscapes.

Caleruega Chapel of Transfiguration of Jesus
Brgy. Caylaway, Batulao
Nasugbu, Batangas

13. Don Bosco Chapel on the Hill

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Housing a circular labyrinth floor path, this shrine has become popular for its unique experience for prayer and meditation. Marvel at 360-degree views of the West Philippine Sea and Tagaytay City from this church perched atop a hill.

Don Bosco Chapel on the Hill
Don Bosco Butulao, Brgy. Cahil
Calaca, Batangas

14. Basilica of St. Martin of Tours

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Asia’s largest Catholic church is adorned with a sophisticated baroque aesthetic. Named after Saint Martin de Tours, Taal’s patron saint, it has become an astounding landmark situated on a hill at the town center.

Basilica of St. Martin of Tours
Calle San Martin, Taal, Batangas

BONUS: Trek Taal Volcano

Go on a moderate trek up Taal Volcano and discover why this famous view is a popular Holy Week form of penitensya: because of its 14 Stations of the Cross.

Boat fee: Approximately P2,000 for a maximum for 7 people
Environmental fee: P100/head
Optional Add-Ons:
- Tour Guide: P500 for a maximum of 5 people
- Horseback Ride: P500/head
- Entry to Red Lava: P50/head

J-Cel Boat Station
Brgy., Talisay, Batangas
(0920) 294 1735
(0999) 666 6874

Heading to Tagaytay for Holy Week? Check out our Travel Guide for a list of things to See, Eat, and Do! Enjoy discounts on Tagaytay stays, day tours, F&B offers, and spa treatments here.

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 15 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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