inside malate church

Nuestra Senora de los Remedios
Mabini Street, Malate, Manila

There are tons of Manila’s Catholic church images here but I don’t remember posting posting anything that shows an interior yet. This is definately one of the nicer looking ones. It’s always either boring or I can’t adjust to the light. Indoors isn’t one of my strengths.

Oh, I remember posting photos of items inside a church- an angel and a stained glass lecture. But still, none yet that gives the view like this.


10 thoughts on “inside malate church

  1. Ooh! Can I link to this when I post my Malate Church altar pic? Mine was much nearer. And I couldn’t get a photo of the icon even then. The church was so dark and the icon so brightly lit, I couldn’t figure out the correct settings. Didn’t help that someone was waiting for me and that we had business to attend to so I couldn’t spend much time fiddling and experimenting.

  2. No problem Hilda. A link to this entry from any of yours is a privilege.

    I have this evil grin because I’m not the only one wishing beautiful interiors like this would be camera ready (ie well lit and all) most of the time for us random admirers who happen to have a cam at the moment.

  3. Thanks for posting this, it’s beautiful! My parents were married in Malate Church in January of 1963, and my aunt was married there in 1971 or ’72. I remember my aunt’s wedding very well even though I was only six at the time.

    As a wedding photographer, I can empathize with your problems photographing inside a dark church! You did a great job :o)

  4. that’s a great photo. 🙂
    does anyone know any information about the interior of the Malate church? really need it.. thanks.. 🙂

  5. One of the most unfortunate collateral damage of the wars that wreaked havoc in Manila [So, they say], the eminent and famed, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios de Malate. The original image of the Virgen de los Remedios of Malate was brought over in 1624 by Fr. Juan de Guevarra from Andalucía, Spain is very small. It measures no more than “un media vara.” [Roughly around 16-20 inches].

    It survived the Chinese invasion of 1662, the British occupation of the church in 1762, the Great Earthquake of 1863. However, the destruction of the church in February, 1945 finally held its toll on the celebrated image of Remedios. From that time onwards, the faithful have displayed a great love and devotion to Our Lady of Remedies. The present statue, which was carved by Maximo Vicente is very graceful in its lines and and stands about two feet in height, which was way bigger than the original ivory image from Spain, has a very distinctive beauty. The costume, with large puffed shoulders, may have been the origin of the butterfly sleeves of the Filipino terno.

    Down through the centuries, Malate Church has been associated with women’s ills and children’s diseases. On Saturdays, mothers bring their little ones to place them under the care and protection of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. Such was the name of the Malate shrine that replicas of the image spread to the provinces. In Pangasinan, she is venerated as the “Virgin of Malate;” In Pampanga, an image of the Virgin of Remedios is brought to various parishes of the province in the course of the year and is hailed as the “Queen of the Pampangeños.”

    Check the reconstructed image of what used to be venerated in the high altar prior to the War in Manila:

    NOTE: 50cm solid ivory image of the Nuestra Senora de los Remedios. The diadema and the earrings of the reconstructed Virgin of Remedios are of genuine diamonds set in gold. The aureola of the Virgin was copied from the photo while we allowed artistic license to veer away from the crown of the Virgin [shown in the old photo] on the grounds that the design was too commercialized. The crowns are of silver gilt in gold. The design of the dress, specially the hemline’s design was faithfully lifted from the old photo as well as the peana. The dress was embroidered using authentic Spanish metallic threads gilt in gold.

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