Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, Cebu

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Details:

– Also known as Sto. Nino Basilica

– Raised as a Minor Basilica on April 1, 1965

– Held as the oldest Catholic Church in the Philippines

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Mass Schedule:

M-Th-   6AM, 8AM, 5:30PM

Fri-       5AM-12AM (hourly), 3PM, 4:30PM, 7:30PM

Sun-     5:30AM, 7AM, 8:30AM, 10AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM, 4PM, 5:30PM, 7PM

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How to get from Mactan Airport:

Ride multicab going to Marina Mall, get off mall. Ride jeep with “Highway” signboard and get off Maguikay flyover. Ride jeep with “Cathedral” signboard and alight in front of Basilica.


Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Batangas

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Details:

– Also known as Taal Basilica

– Raised as a Minor Basilica on December 8, 1954

– Considered the largest church in the Philippines and Asia

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Mass Schedule:

M-F- 6AM

Sat- 6AM, 5PM

Sun- 5:30AM, 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 5PM

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How to get from Cubao:

Ride bus going to Lemery and alight in front of Basilica.


Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Batangas

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Details:

– Also known as Batangas Cathedral

– Raised as a Minor Basilica on February 13, 1948

– Celebrated its 100 years in 1957

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Mass Schedule:

M-S- 5:30AM, 6:15AM, 7AM, 6PM

Sun- 4:45AM, 6AM, 7:15AM, 8:30AM, 9:45AM, 11AM, 4:30PM, 5:45PM, 7PM

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How to get from Cubao:

Ride bus going to Batangas City Pier, get off Balagtas. Ride jeep with “Bayan” signboard and alight in front of Basilica.


Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila

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Details:

– Also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

– Raised as a Minor Basilica on June 24, 1890

– Regarded as the only steel church in the Philippines and Asia

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Mass Schedule:

M-S- 6AM, 6PM

Sun- 6AM-10AM, 4PM-8PM (hourly)

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How to get from Cubao:

Ride jeep/fx going to Divisoria, get off University of the East. Basilica is just walking distance.

 

 

 


The 13 Minor Basilicas in the Philippines

Minor Basilica is a title bestowed by the pope to a Catholic Church. Once granted with the title, the basilica has the privilege to use certain symbols like the papal coat of arms, apostolic umbrella and apostolic bell. It is said that you will receive plenary indulgence once you complete particular conditions like confessing your sins and attending mass on one of the minor basilica.

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conopaeum (apostolic umbrella, Minor Basilica of Manaoag)

When I’ve heard that Our Lady of Manaoag became a Minor Basilica in 2015, I checked all the list and found out that I have visited most of the Minor Basilica in the Philippines. I have reached 2 of the farthest (Cebu & Cagayan), 3 minor basilicas where I frequently visit (Quiapo, Naga & Manaoag) and the others are easily accessible by land. That’s when I decided to include completing all 13 in my travel bucket list.

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crossed keys (papal’s coat of arms, Minor Basilica of Cebu)

With the grace of the Lord, I was able to complete the 13 Minor Basilica this 2016:

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Manila – Date of Visit: frequent (my birthplace)

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Pangasinan – Date of Visit: frequent (my dad’s province)

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Penafrancia, Camarines Sur – Date of Visit: frequent (my mom’s province)

Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Bulacan – Date of Visit: Jan. 28, 2006 & Mar. 23, 2016

Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, Cebu – Date of Visit: Jan. 21, 2009 & July 31, 2010

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Piat, Cagayan – Date of Visit: Jan. 24, 2013

Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila – Date of Visit: Dec. 4, 2015

Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila – Date of Visit: Dec. 4, 2015

Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Manila – Date of Visit: Dec. 4, 2015

Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Quezon – Date of Visit: Jan. 17, 2016

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, La Union – Date of Visit: April 30, 2016

Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Batangas – Date of Visit: Sept. 16, 2016

Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Batangas – Date of Visit: Oct. 29, 2016