Easily the most important church in Manila is the Quiapo Church (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene). It represents the Filipino people, their ardent religiosity, political struggles, and deep personal longings. The Filipinos are known as very religious folk and there is a good amount of evidence to suggest that even pre-Spanish Filipinos had their own set of religious beliefs and laws and exercised faith in the supernatural.
In 1521, the Spanish came and colonized the Philippines. History books say the Spanish came with a cross in one hand and sword in the other. Spanish authorities introduced Catholicism and persecuted those who did not believe. While it was difficult to accept the [Read more…]