Our country is surrounded by so many beautiful churches that are rich in history and have stood the test of time. We believe there’s just something so special about getting married in a church that has been in existence for over a century. Just imagine the many stories, vows, and memories these structures have witnessed. We think these churches are also very symbolic. As you enter a new chapter in your lives as a married couple, you’d also want to fill your days together with faith, love, and hope no matter what highs and lows you may face just like these significant sites have. So, if you’re looking for a special venue for a church wedding ceremony, here are nine churches in the Philippines that are over 100 years old which you can consider. Read on.
San Agustin Church (Intramuros)
Famously known as the oldest church in the Philippines, San Agustin Church was built in 1571. The Spanish-Mexican baroque style of the church gives it a fascinating facade and ornate interior, creating that ceremonious feel for a classic wedding. No wonder why many couples choose to get married in this gem inside the beautiful walls of Intramuros. Not to mention, they also get to celebrate their milestone in the oldest church in the country.
Barasoain Church (Bulacan)
Also known as Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan carries a rich history that dates back to the 16th century. Besides its significant background, the church features a golden altar that contrasts the white interior. Can you imagine having a minimalist wedding here?
Binondo Church (Manila)
Located in a Chinatown district of Binondo, Manila, The Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz was built in 1596. Did you know that this church is also where Andrés Bonifacio married his wife, Gregoria de Jesús, somewhere between 1893-1894? You, too, can have your grand wedding in this very same church.
Taal Basilica (Batangas)
The Basilica of St. Martin de Tours or Taal Basilica is the largest Catholic Church in Asia. Built in 1575, it stands on the lakeside of the volcano, hence we call it Taal Basilica. It was reconstructed after a volcanic eruption destroyed the original structure. But up to this day, it continues to display its grandeur. It must be so solemn and special to exchange vows within a church that has survived great storms.
Molo Church (Iloilo City)
Molo Church, also known as St. Anne Parish, has been in existence since 1831. The church is bordered with two twin bell towers that have red crowns, and features a heavy Gothic-Renaissance architectural design. The massive facade and its interior displaying 16 female saints make a beautiful venue for a romantic wedding.
Daraga Church (Albay)
Nuestra Señora de la Portería Church or better known as Daraga Church has predominant embellishments on its facade. Built in 1773, the structure gives us a picturesque look of a volcanic rock-made church that complements the beauty of the Mayon Volcano. Consider this church if you are envisioning a wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Paoay Church (Ilocos)
Built in 1710, the Paoay Church is known for its unique pyramid design, thick walls, and its 24 heavy side supports. And did you know? The church was also declared as a National Treasure in the year 1973. How wonderful it must be to get married in a church that holds so much significance. We can imagine a stunning Filipiniana wedding here!
Miagao Church (Iloilo Province)
The Miagao Church, located in Iloilo province, was built in 1786. The distinct yellow walls of the church were made of coral mixed with egg whites. With its patterned design and Filipino details on its facade, you can have a cultural or classic romantic wedding in this naturally yellow church.
Baclayon Church (Bohol)
The Baclayon Church or Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was completed in 1727. The big bell tower on the side of the church is made out of coral blocks, and it tells us the story of how strong the entire structure is. How solemn this church feels for a wedding.