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Visita Iglesia on a Calesa

This Holy Week, make a virtual trip to seven of Manila's most beautiful churches with Jorge Echeche Jr. of Castillan Tours and Carriage Services.

Visita Iglesia, which literally translates to church visitations, is an age-old tradition introduced by the Spanish colonizers. This practice can be traced back during the time when early Christians would go and visit the seven great basilicas in Rome.

This Lenten season, take a tour of the most iconic and historic churches in Manila with Manila Hotel’s Visita Iglesia: Manila Revisited Room Package. This room package includes a guided tour of Basilica of San Sebastian that has a revival of Gothic architecture and the only all-steel church in Asia; San Augustin Church which is the oldest church in the Philippines and was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in June 1993; St. Vincent de Paul most popularly known as San Marcelino Church where you can find the life-size image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; and Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene most popularly known as Quiapo Church.

Other churches that are part of the tour are Sta. Cruz Church, Nuestra Senora de Remedios or Malate Church, and San Lorenzo Church in Binondo. Guests will ride tranvia and horse drawn carriages to go around Manila with certified tour guides from Castillan Carriage and Tour Services.

This room package also includes breakfast at Café Ilang-Ilang, complimentary use of the Pool and Health Club facilities, and complimentary WiFi connection. The Visita Iglesia: Manila Revisited room package is available from March 25 to 29, 2013. Price starts at PhP 8,600.00 net.

For inquiries and room reservations, please call 527 0011.

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