Guadalupe Church: The Place Where One Can Embrace the Grace of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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In the middle of Makati’s skyscrapers and commercial establishments lies a 400-year old church that houses the grace of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This church has Renaissance and Baroque architecture making it among the oldest churches in the Philippines that stood the test of time. Its facade is simple but striking boasting its arched entrance, columns, and a rose window.

As we talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Makati, we will also tell you a brief history about the church and who the Lady of Guadalupe is.

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About Our Lady of Guadalupe

In 1935,  Pope Pius XI approved the Lady of Guadalupe patronage over the Philippines, declaring her as the second patroness of the Philippines. You can see a Our Lady of Guadalupe Statue, numerous Our Lady of Guadalupe paintings and replicas of the Lady of Gudalupe icon at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati City but the oldest icon was given by the Unson, Paredes and Garcia family. Before it was transferred to Makati City, the image of Virgin of Guadalupe was housed in the San Nicolas Chapel at Sampaloc, Manila in December 1951. 

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History of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

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Before we dive right into the history of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, let us first take you through the story of Guadalupe Mary. Also known as Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Lady of Gudalupe and Virgin of Guadalupe in Roman Catholicism, she holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. 

According to history, Mary appeared twice to Juan Diego—an Aztec who converted to Christianity—on December 9 and on December 12, 1531. During her first appearance, Guadalupe Mary requested that a shrine to her be built on the spot where she appeared (Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City). However, before the bishop would only approve construction of a church if he saw a sign so he demanded one. Mary then appeared the second time to Juan Diego, this time, she ordered him to collect roses. When Juan Diego did so, he opened his cloak in front of the bishop. When the roses fell to the ground, they saw the image of Mary imprinted on the inside of the cloak—the image that is now venerated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In the Philippines, there’s a church located in Makati whose patron saint is Our Lady of Guadalupe. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe or Guadalupe Church located in Guadalupe Viejo is a 400-year old baroque church that was constructed in 1629. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church stood the test of time as it has gone through a lot of disasters. Its roof collapsed from an earthquake in 1882, and parts of it were burned in 1898 during a fight between Filipinos and Americans. And even after World War II, its walls remained standing. Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church was reconstructed and re-opened to the public again in 1983. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church is definitely among the most beautiful heritage churches in the Philippines.


Guadalupe Church Location

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There are two churches for Our Lady of Guadalupe: first is in Guadalupe Viejo (the one we mentioned above and the second one is in Guadalupe Nuevo (the new church).

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is located at 7440 Bernardino, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located at 1923 Orense St., Brgy. Guadalupe Nuevo 1212 Makati, Philippines. Here’s a map to guide you.


How to Get There

The original Our Lady of Guadalupe is easy to find. If you’re coming from the north of EDSA, take a right turn on Bernardino Street where Loyola Memorial Home is situated. But if you’re coming from south of EDSA, take the road down going to Pateros then left turn on J.P. Rizal then up left to get you to northbound EDSA.


National Shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mass Schedule

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If you’re planning on attending a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe church, check out the schedule below to be guided.

Monday to Friday

  • 6am (Facebook Live)
  • 12nn
  • 6:30pm

Saturday

  • 6am (Facebook Live)
  • 12nn
  • 6:30pm (Anticipated Sunday Mass)

Sunday

  • 5am (Facebook Live)
  • 6am (Facebook Live)
  • 8am
  • 10am
  • 12nn (Facebook Live)
  • 4pm
  • 6pm (Facebook Live)
  • 7:30pm

For more details and updates, check out the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church’s Facebook and Youtube pages.


Attractions Near Guadalupe Church

If you’re done reflecting on Our Lady of Guadalupe promises and want to explore more of Makati, here are some of the best places to visit near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

1. Ayala Triangle Gardens

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Makati may be one of the busiest cities in the metro but it doesn’t mean there’s no place for some peace and quiet. Ayala Triangle Gardens is a perfect place to walk around, eat, have a picnic, or just sit and watch people passing by. But when the Christmas season comes, expect Ayala Triangle Gardens to be packed because there’s always a light and music show that many people are always looking forward to seeing.

2. Greenbelt

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Greenbelt is the place for high-end shopping. From Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Hermes, there sure is the luxury brand you’re going to want to visit. What’s great about going to Greenbelt is that they have an open area and a mini park where you can sit and relax after a full day of walking.

3. Bonifacio Global City

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Bonifacio Global City, popularly known as BGC, is the perfect destination for lifestyle and leisure. There are shops where you can buy clothes, shoes, home items, and more. Plus, it’s also a good place to hang out or have a food trip.

4. Power Plant Mall

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If you’re looking for some peace and quiet while shopping, Power Plant Mall is a must-visit. Unlike other malls, Power Plant Mall is not that crowded and has a great surrounding where you can enjoy a slow afternoon. You can also find there a mix of high-end and low-end brands.

5. Poblacion Makati

Poblacion is one of the busiest and liveliest districts in Makati because of its party hubs and clubs that many people go to especially on Friday nights. This is perfect for a night drink with your friends.


Frequently Asked Questions About Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

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Q: Where is Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located? 
A: There are two churches for Our Lady of Guadalupe: the first is in Guadalupe Viejo (the one we mentioned above and the second one is in Guadalupe Nuevo (the new church).

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is located at 7440 Bernardino, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located at 1923 Orense St., Brgy. Guadalupe Nuevo 1212 Makati, Philippines. Here’s a map to guide you.

Q: How to get to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church?
A: If you’re coming from the north of EDSA, take a right turn on Bernardino Street where Loyola Memorial Home is situated. But if you’re coming from south of EDSA, take the road down going to Pateros then left turn on J.P. Rizal then up left to get you to northbound EDSA.

Q: When was the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe built?
A: The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built in 1629.

Q: Is there an entrance fee at Guadalupe Church?
A: There is no entrance fee. It is free to visit Guadalupe Church.

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