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Church of the Our Lady of the Angels in Intramuros, Manila
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CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS

Intramuros, Manila

1578-1945

 

by: JF"Long" D. Gutay, OFM

 

The first Church built by the Franciscans shortly after their arrival in the Philippines in 1578.  It was inaugurated on August 2 and dedicated to our Lady of the Angels.  From its humble nipa, bamboo and wooden beginnings, the church was transformed into a stone edifice in 1739.  Since then it was considered as one of the most impressive churches in Intramuros.  The ravages of the II World War razed it to the ground during the liberation of Manila in 1945.  Only the statue of St. Anthony with a woman and child located at the church's quadrangle barely survived the assault.  It is now situated in the courtyard of Santuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park, Makati City.  The Church, Popularly known also as Church of St. Francis, was located at the corner of San Francisco and Solano street (Present site of Mapua Institute of  Technology).