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18 May 2009
My mom was asked to witness to a civil wedding, and asked me if I could come with her because the couple don't have cameras to use and it would be a good thing if I could take pictures of their wedding just so they will have something to remember a big moment of their lives.
The wedding was actually a civil wedding, but because we live in the north part of the city, we had to travel to south, where the heart of the city is located. The wedding took place in a small attorney's office near the City Hall, and because one of the witnesses (the one who drove for us) parked his car in the parking lot of the Cathedral, I figured it would also be good if I could come inside and take pictures as well. I had the privilege, when the newlyweds excused themselves to go get some snacks for us to eat while on the road home.
As modern as the church looked like, its history actually traces back to 1815, when then Archbishop of Manila - Antonio de Zulaivar ordered its erection. So many changes happened in the church as the years went by, but in 1977, a major church renovation was planned because the old church was too weak already, but it faced a whole lot of problems. Amid all the trials, the new church was blessed in 1981.
Some pictures I took from the church:
The aisle leading to the altar. Most Catholic churches don't really have masses celebrated all throughout the day, but church goers are very much welcome to come inside and pray.
The altar up close. Back when I was a kid, churches have the image of Jesus Christ in a crucifix as the main symbol of the altar. Now, as I check churches after churches, I am starting to realize that the image of the church's patron saint is now the main image in the altar.
The choir loft. Like most designs of churches here in the Philippines, there's this place just atop the main door - which was called the choir loft, for back then choir members were placed in this area of the church. Nowadays, choir members would often take a spot near the altar, but aesthetically, the choir loft still remains. The main doors of some churches were often closed during weekdays, but a door by the side of the church is open for church goers.
Images. A typical look inside a Catholic Church.
Apart from taking pictures, I was also able to say a short prayer. It has always been a tradition of mine to say some prayers - mostly a gratitude prayer - before or after I take pictures of the church. My mom was actually waiting for me to finish, so after I made the last shot, I went out to meet up with our companions. Shortly after, we took the road home.
*** Jenn ***