I have been to different places in Metro Manila but I have not really explored the area near Malacanang. One weekend (June 17, 2017), my friend Glenda and I decided to explore old Manila. We took a bus (it was a new PUB) from Ayala in Makati and alighted near Quiapo Church. I have been to Quiapo area several times before but I can not remember if I heard mass here in Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. It was mostly a visit to shop especially when I was a student in Diliman and later in Los Banos.
We passed by the Ilalim ng Tulay which is now full of stores to reach the other side so we can take a jeepney to San Miguel, Manila. We first visited to San Miguel Church or the Regal Parish and the National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels (our parish is also Saint Michael the Archangel here in San Miguel, Iloilo) as we wanted to see the images of the seven archangels. But only three are in the altar. We were informed that indeed there were seven but later only the three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael remained. We asked where are the other images of the other archangels but the people there do not know what happened to the images.
We were told that originally the middle portion is where the imagine of St. Michael is located while the top and side are occupied by the other archangels.
After taking a lot of pictures inside and outside the church we walked leisurely along Jose Laurel Street and marvel at the grandiose old buildings on both sides of the street. The Philippines is a rich country as we were able to afford to build these beautiful regal structures.
We were really enjoying our leisurely walk, taking pictures of the gate (we know that we can’t take pictures of what is inside Malacanang grounds) when a gate opened and a Presidential Security Guard told us that we are not allowed to take pictures. We were seen in the CCTV taking pictures. Bomber…we were enjoying the grand structures, marveling at the intricate designs in the gates and wondering why there gates have different names….the President was not even in residence that time but well we have to obey.
We continued our walk up to the National Shrine of St Jude Thaddeus. It is not as old as the San Miguel Church. I was already hungry by that time as I have not taken my breakfast so we dropped by Max Restaurant to eat an early lunch. We then took another jeepney to Intramuros.
This is the first time I have been to Intramuros!! I have taken for granted the old places in the capital of the country. We visited the Manila Cathedral (The Minor Basilica and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion), and the San Agustin Church and Museum. This will be in another blog.