The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila

Manila Cathedral: The Little Basilica and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

T.Manila Cathedral in Intramuros Manila or also known as Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica is the central Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila sits here.

Photo of Manila Cathedral via Wikipedia

The current seat is vacant as the former Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, took over the position of Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in December 2019.

History of Manila Cathedral

Inside the Manila CathedralInside the Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral has been around for a long time since the ruthless bombings during the Liberation Battle of 1945. In fact, she witnessed several tragedies.

Juan de Vivero was originally built from nipa and bamboo in 1581 and was supposed to be just a simple parish until Domingo Salazar, the first bishop of Manila, announced the cathedral on December 21, 1581.

Manila Cathedral has weathered many tragedies ranging from wars, fires, earthquakes, and typhoons. However, it has been preserved to this day and is intended to be preserved as significant historical architecture that carries the history of the country.

Manila Cathedral in monochromeThe cathedral in monochrome

Interesting facts

The Latin word Intramuros is roughly translated as “within the walls”. During the Spanish colonization, The Walled City and the City of Manila were used interchangeably.

In the cathedral are sacred relics and countless religious works of art from centuries.

Papal masses are held in Manila Cathedral by several popes who visited the country years ago.

Pope Paul VI In November 1970

Many Filipinos from different parts of the country gathered in the cathedral to celebrate Pope Paul VI. To greet.

Visit of Pope John Paul II; Beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz

In February 1981 Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral for the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino martyr.

Pope John Paul II held his first mass in the Philippines and told Cardinal Sin that he would like the Manila Cathedral to become a basilica. Indeed, on April 27th, his status was elevated to Minor Basilica.

Manila Cathedral via DepositphotosManila Cathedral via Depositphotos

Mass plan

  • Monday to Friday – 7.30 a.m. and 12.10 p.m.
  • Saturdays only – 7:30 a.m.
  • Sundays – 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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Contact information

You can contact them via one of their landline connections:

  • (632) 8 527-3093
  • (632) 8 527-1796
  • (632) 8 527-3889
  • (632) 8 527-3876

Or send an email to [email protected]

You might be looking for Donna Santos, Head of Department at the Cathedral. You can also visit your office during the set office hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Sundays – 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Please note the areas that are closed on Mondays and during the holidays.

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