Thursday, September 29, 2011
Shrine of St. Therese
First featured church is the Shrine of St. Therese in front of NAIA Terminal 3...what a fitting way to start our journey to all of the country's churches...a nice send off if you may...besides when traveling it's best to receive God's blessing.
The controversial Naia Terminal 3
Side facing the airport...note the stained glass of image of Our Lady of Antipolo...mirroring the park with a huge statue of Our Lady of Antipolo near the old NAIA.
While waiting for our flight...we arrived hours earlier (anticipating traffic and all that)...decided to drop by the church...it looks big from this angle...from the airport crossed the road and walked towards the church...it really is big...competing with the hotels and condo's surrounding it.
The Church's facade...
...a tribute to San Lorenzo
Now entering the Shrine...
Did I mention it's big...it really is...long aisle perfect for weddings...wondering how it looks like on a Sunday, all pews occupied...
The main altar
Modern and Traditional
Patron Saint Image, St. Therese
One of the most loved Saints of Filipinos
Our Lady of Smiles or Our Lady of the Smile...
Devotion to God the Father and Our Lady of All Nations
If the woodwork does not interest you enough to come visit this church...the stained glass will...bearing marian images and the life story of St. Therese
The Life of St. Therese in 2D glass
More stained glass...
Angels and Roses
Exiting at one of the side doors...not sure what to call this area
Ending the tour with a beautiful image of Our Lady...I think this is a del Rosario (this should be finished by now...). For some reason the image reminds me of Gloria Diaz.
Though relatively new, the details and all the labor put into the construction (not to mention its sheer size) of this church is truly amazing. I really like the architecture and one nice thing I noticed, its cool inside (and I don't think its airconditioned)...if you are near the area and/or traveling soon don't forget to visit.