The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minglanilla, Cebu, Philippines

Let’s go travel and see the world again! This time I am bringing you to Southeast Asia in a country called Philippines. I am sharing about Minglanilla which 1s considered to be a first class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. It is a part of a metropolitan area known as Metro Cebu.

Minglanilla is located approximately 15 km south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the southwest by Naga, Cebu; on the northwest by Toledo City; on the northeast by Talisay City; and on the southeast by the Bohol Strait. It has a land area of approximately 15.6 km². It was also known as the “Sugat Capital” of the south. The Sugat Festival is the Risen Christ festival, like Carnival. The picture below is the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (or the Most Pure Heart of Mary) which was built from 1880 to 1886. I took this picture during my vacation in the Philippines. Continue reading below for more information about this Church.
The church is a Gothic confection- the flame-like arches, painted domes of the bell towers and spires and flying buttresses which blend with the semi-circular arched portals. The geometric forms and the trefoil arch suggest possible Muslim influence.

One of the best-known crowd-drawing Christian Lenten rites in Central Visayas is the annual Easter Sunday pageant called Sugat (Cebuano for “encounter”), which reenacts the meeting between the risen Christ and His grieving mother. It features children as angels with wings sparkling with lights, slowly sliding down invisible wires from a pulley system onto the church entrance and altar.

a view of Talisay City from afar and part of Minglanilla from the hilly part of Vito, one of the barangays in Minglanilla.

 

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