Thursday, July 05, 2007


San Sebastian Church
The only prefabricated all-steel church in the Philippines and in Asia

For those interested to join a walking tour in which San Sebastian Church is the first stop, check out my friend Ivan Mandy's site and select San Miguel.

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Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/18
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400


posted by Señor Enrique at 5:46 AM


Blogger Unknown said...

Buenas Diaz Senor Enrique

Ang ganda pala talaga ng San Sebastian. I've been there I think only once during a holy week visita iglesia with a good friend.

I was going to post a picture of a church as well today :)

July 05, 2007 6:45 AM  

Blogger carlotta1924 said...

san sebastian probably has the most wonderful interior. the woodsy gloom is offset by the sun radiating from the stained glass windows.

i'm wondering if we could climb up the bell tower. didn't get the change to go there last time.

July 05, 2007 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the interior of this church and I'll never forget how amazing it was in my eyes. I have yet to explore San Agustin Church though because that time there was a reception going on.

Anyway, Pinas has lots of amazing churches; lovely architectures!


July 05, 2007 1:26 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

San Sebastian was my church all through college; it was my sanctuary when things are not going my way; it was also the place where the crush ng bayan, that cute Baste guy who was going to Beda for College of Law was serving as sacristan during Wednesday novena (thought he had a lot to do with the church getting full with giggling teens on Wed); it was where Paul Alvarez played and where I also did my internship. San Sebastian church played a big big role in my life. Thanks for the photo.

July 05, 2007 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first time i went to san sebastian church was a memorable event for me--wedding of my JAngelo. i was impressed--an architectural delight.

July 05, 2007 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i have time, i would like to make a more detailed photo shoot on this church, and it's different moods... may kakaibang halina sa kin tong structure na to, although i'm not a catholic...:)

July 05, 2007 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, was just blog-hopping, masaya tingnan at pakiramdaman ang San Sebastian pag pasko. :P

maiba sir, you got inside the Met? it was one of the structures that struck me nung mga unang linggo ko dito sa Manila, because of it i learned to love Art Deco.

saka may show pala kayo sa Silverlens sa sabado? please say hi to Troy for me just in case.

July 05, 2007 5:27 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Buenas, Daisy!

This was only the second time I was at this church (during the street photo get-together last Sunday). The first was when I took Ivan'd guided walking tour the Friday before.

Much history behind this church. It is also quite impressive -- outside and inside. I can understand why many opt to get married here.

July 05, 2007 6:32 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The stained glass windows are something else -- incredibly beautiful, I must say.

I would think, Carla, that it is all right to climb the bell tower provided one gets permission from the office.

July 05, 2007 6:33 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Oh, so you've been here, Kyels :)

Isn't it a beautiful church? Everything came from Belgium and reassembled here in Manila.

I am really in awe of their technological know-how at that time.

I'm so glad the Japanese occupation personnel didn't tear the church into pieces of scrap to be shipped to Japan and used to manufacture munitions.

July 05, 2007 6:38 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My niece was also married here a couple of years ago, Dine. Beautiful place to exchange marital vows.

July 05, 2007 6:39 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You should, Lino. But you may have to do it fast between services when the lights are on. I was also there when it was dark; tough to shoot without a tripod.

July 05, 2007 6:41 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks for the tip, Doy. I will make a special trip to this church during the holiday season.

Yes. I was invited by Ivan Mandy and Richard Bautista. However, not an ideal time to visit the Met since it is undergoing major renovations. Nonetheless, I was able to sense its grandeur despite the heaps of debris all over the place.

You might have the wrong guy, Doy. It may take several more years (if I'm lucky) for Silverlens to consider exhibiting any of my photographs :)

July 05, 2007 6:44 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! I didn't know you have many fond memories of this church, Photo Cache. I think that's wonderful. Now, I've a felling you once lived nearby, right?

It was only last week that finally got a chance to go inside it. Beautiful church!

July 05, 2007 6:47 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

One of the mot beautiful landmarks in that part of Manila. The Recollettos(Recollects)built that church. I don't know how true this is but I was told that the Recollettos were the ones who originally owned the San Miguel beer formula, sold it to the Sorianos with a stipulation that they also get a centavo for every bottle of beer sold.

July 05, 2007 11:42 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! I've never heard of this dealing, Pete. They must rake in mucho dineros every year, especially now that San Miguel beer is distributed worldwide.

This reminds of the deal Joseph Kennedy, the patriarch, had struck -- the get a certain percentage percentage for every bottle of scotch brought in to the States. Not bad, eh?

July 06, 2007 7:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might as well as the only steel church in asia for to be certain,
I have never heard there's such thing as that previously. Just like the Eiffel's Tower. Could it be possible that
they had the same builder since Eiffel's builder was said to be here once in his lifetime.
I wonder how it feels to be inside a huge steel church; is it cold?

July 06, 2007 3:41 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The very first time I was inside, Major Tom, there was no one else but my friend Ivan Mandy and the only available light was from stained glass windows. I don't remember it as being hot or humid inside at the time so perhaps, the steel structure might have a cooling effect. However, with the usual service crowd inside and with all the lights turned on, it may be a different atmosphere altogether.

The second time I was there was on a Sunday with a mass going on but I only stayed by the entrance, and briefly since we only stopped by during our street photography adventure on that day.

July 06, 2007 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to attend mass at san sebastian way back college with my ex-gf who used to stay at one of the dormitory's near san sebastian (lagot ako sa misis ko!!!).

Can't help loosing my atention to the priest sermon...

very much fascinated w/ the church...

July 21, 2007 5:52 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I thought you were enraptured by your gf's company; didn't know it was your fascination to the church instead, Dubaiboy ... hehehe.

There's quite a number of dormitories in this area, especially near Recto's U-belt area.

July 21, 2007 6:17 PM  

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