secret garden revealed

a garden within Santa Ana Catholic Church
New Panaderos Street, Santa Ana, Manila

I should have shifted the focus from the frames to the framed, but I was on the other side which made adjustments difficult with a limited camera. And I kind of liked the result anyway.

This parish needs to reassess its priorities. The garden is lovely; guess who enjoys it. The church is massive and impressive but it needs some major repairs and cleaning.

santa ana

sidewalk vendors and Santa Ana Catholic Church
New Panaderos Street, Santa Ana, Manila

Santa Ana was reported to be the seat of the Namayan kingdom, a precolonial period kingdom that occupies the area we now know as Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan and this part of Manila. I do not know how true this story is.

not leaning irl

Bell tower, Santa Ana Catholic Church
New Panaderos Street, Santa Ana, Manila

It does look like a typical Franciscan missionary church because of the big dark bricks used (like those in Baras and Tanay in Rizal) but I can’t guarantee it is Franciscan yet. Any more information?

UPDATE 20 Dec 2016 – According to a comment-er, The bricks of the church were originally painted pink, but somehow turned darker for some reason. I have checked the blogg linked to the same commenter and was able to confirm that this church is founded by the Franciscans. It actually was the first Franciscan mission founded in Manila outside the Intramuros district.

that’s the way i remember


A garden within Santa Ana Catholic Church
New Panaderos Street, Santa Ana, Manila

Apparently it may be a not-so secret mini garden. It is visibly accesible from the eastern side of the church but any sort of entrance isn’t, at least from this angle.

Note that the house in the picture- sturdy stone base, a wooden upper floor, capiz shell sliding windows and a small atrium is a typical upperclass house ages ago.