Revisiting the Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew of Parañaque / Parañaque Cathedral

Final lent, my pals and I had been in a position to go to 13 stunning church buildings in Manila as a part of our Visita Iglesia. I’m joyful that I used to be in a position to revisit among the church buildings that I used to frequent to. After revisiting the Bamboo Organ Church and the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Las Piñas of Las Pinas, the subsequent church on our record is the Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew in Parañaque. The final time I went right here was in 2016. Whereas there haven’t been any modifications within the church’s exterior, the church’s important altar appeared to have undergone main renovation.

The historical past of the church will be traced again 4 hundred years in the past when the Augustinian missionaries set foot on Southern Manila. They went on a fishing village close to the ocean which they later named “Palanyag”, the contraction for the phrase “Paglalayag” which implies crusing. Palanyag turned an impartial city in 1580 and likewise marked as the muse day of the parish which was aptly positioned underneath the patronage of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of fishermen. The picture of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de Palanyag (the city’s patroness), then again, was delivered to Saint Andrew’s Parish in La Huerta on August 10, 1625. Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de Palanyag is the third oldest Marian Picture within the Philippines.

Other than being one of many oldest church buildings within the nation, the city and the church itself have enormous historic significance. The city’s strategic location has change into an important benefit to Parañaque. For example, they’ve prevented Chinese language pirates from coming into and invading Manila in varied events. These embody the tried assaults of Limahong in 1574 and Koxinga in 1662. The city additionally performed an enormous position throughout the British Invasion in Manila in 1762.  In the course of the Philippine Revolution, then again, distinguished Paraqueños  like Manuel Quiogue and secular priest Father Pedro Dandan y Masangkay turned main revolutionary figures.

In the course of the American Occupation, Parañaque turned a part of Rizal province. It was later merged with Manila and Quezon to kind the Metropolis of Higher Manila throughout the Japanese Occupation period. On November 7, 1975, Parañaque was separated from Rizal and have become a part of Metropolitan Manila or the Nationwide Capital Area.

After the Augustinians, the Parish was administered by the Congregation of the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary from 1915 to 1993. Throughout this time, the Saint Andrew College was constructed together with the creation of Parañaque Improvement Basis, Inc (PDFI), the church’s social arm. In 1994, administration of St. Andrew’s Parish was handed over to the Secular Clergy.

In 2003, after the creation of latest Diocese of Parañaque , Saint Andrew Parish standing was elevated to a Cathedral.

Structure-wise, the Cathedral contains a basic Baroque type. It comes with a easy but distinctive façade. As an alternative of the normal cross, the pediment of the church contains a triangle form.

The higher area of interest enshrines a statue of Saint Andrew the Apostle, town’s patron saint.


The center layer of the facade options stained-glass home windows showcasing varied coat of arms. The rose-window on the middle highlights the Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Parañaque whereas the 2 niches on either side function the Coat of Arms of Congregation of the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary and the Order of Saint Augustine.

Statue of Saint Paul.


Statue of Saint Peter.

There’s additionally a few niches beside the principle door that options statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

The bell tower of Paranaque Cathedral

On the precise facet of the church is the four-story bell tower supported by a thick buttress.

Historic Marker of Pedro Dandan Y Masangkay

Positioned along side the church is a statue and a historic marker devoted to Padre Pedro Dandan Y Masangkay.

This new altar of Paranaque Cathedral

The inside of the church is equally gorgeous. It’s attention-grabbing to notice that the most important retablo of the parish underwent a number of renovation through the years.

The previous altar (2016)

After I went there final 2016, the altar highlights a big tabernacle within the middle with the Crucifix above it. The 2 niches beside the tabernacle enshrines the pictures of Saint Andrew and Saint Joseph. The Picture of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, then again, will be discovered on one of many facet altars.

Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso

The sanctuary was modified final 2021 with the brand new templette for Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso and modified ambo.
Altar within the Adoration chapel

Santo Cristo


Saint Joseph


This publish is a part of my Southern Manila Pilgrimage Collection. Be at liberty to revisit my earlier articles

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References:Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu Flickr / RDG Ecclesiastical Structure

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