August 12, 2017

San Sebastian Church Photowalk on August 25

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  • Explore and photograph the one of a kind architectural wonder that is the San Sebastian Basilica, the country’s first and only all-metal building!

    PHOTO Estan Cabigas via San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

    The Guided Photowalk tour of the Historic San Sebastian Basilica in Manila will be held on August 25, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm. The church’s hand-painted interiors, designed to look like stone, are definitely worth a visit for it is the first and only of its kind in the world.

    Owned and run by the Order of the Augustinian Recollects, the San Sebastian Basilica is one of the unique churches in the world. In fact, the church was declared a national landmark back in 1973 and was later on listed on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch list of Cultural Heritage at Risk in 2000 and 2010. It was also proclaimed a National Cultural Treasure in 2011 and is a national shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

    IMAGE San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

    From design to execution, the Church was an international collaboration. Its interiors are decorated with remarkable paintings of statues and saints, and the basilica itself was meticulously hand-painted to look like stone. Its walls and ceilings showcase the works of artists such as Isabelo Tampinco and Felix Martinez.

    So what are you waiting for? Come and join the San Sebastian Church Photowalk on August 25, 2017, at Plaza Del Carmen in Quiapo, Manila! Reserve a slot now at!

    Tour prices and inclusions are as follows:

    • Php 375 (regular guests)
    • Php 300 (discounted guests: teachers, students, senior citizens, PWDs, residents of Quiapo)
    • includes the following:
      • 1.5 hours guided tour of the Basilica
      • 1.5 hours “free to roam” period and exclusive “closed door” access to the church during its siesta hour (when the church closes, other guests are asked to vacate, the doors are closed to the public, and Photowalk tour guests get the rare opportunity to have the entire building for themselves to photograph)
      • use of scaffolding inside the Basilica
      • complementary (1) bottled water and (1) souvenir

    If you have any questions, you may contact the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. at (02) 708 5122 or send them a message on their official Facebook page @savessbasilica. You can also visit their website at

    Written by Philippine Primer Intern Reva Marcelo
    All photos San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

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