To venerate the miraculous relic of St. Therese of Child Jesus, Luwi, Tina and I sped off to the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Malolos, Bulacan immediately after work last Monday, January 28. It was one of the most impulsive decisions we've ever made and was basically the first 'out-of-town' trip we did together.
I've long wanted to travel to this part of my province to visit the churches. Well, I have been to the cathedral several times but only on my last trip was I able to really marvel on the beauty that it is. It was even most opportune that we went there at night because all lights were on and it totally emphasized this almost Neo-classic structure's beauty.
I am particularly enthralled with the interior. The cream/gold motif was really nice, matching the ambiance of sophisticated solemnity. On the sides are tombstones of - perhaps - those who have donated for the construction of the church. Wooden doors also exhibit excellent carvings depicting different scenes from the bible.
Like any old churches in the Philippines, the Malolos Cathedral also has a pulpit. Well, this is way smaller and more simple than the one in San Agustin but that doesn't mean it's not beautiful. I personally think that it just complements the minimalist appeal of the whole church.
As for the altar, it was sad that I wasn't able to take a nice picture of the enthroned Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. But it is beautiful. Really, and it is believed to be miraculous. I'll make sure to take a photo of it when I come back with a better camera. ^^
Going back to the doors, people who come to the cathedral are encouraged to enter through the door on the right side. It is called the 'Door of Life, Door of the Jubilee'. Anyone who passes through this entrance will be given indulgence, provided that he performs the sacrament of confession, accepts the Holy Communion, and prays for the intention of the Holy Father (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Apostle's Creed).
Before we went home, I took a picture of the Kalayaan Tree. It is basically the most historical piece in the area as it is believed to be planted by the country's first president, Emilio Aguinaldo. It is the only living witness of the Malolos Republic.
If you are planning to visit the cathedral, all you have to do is to go to the Capitolio in Malolos. There are lots of UV Express vans from different points of Metro Manila which can bring you there. From the capitolio (landmark: under the flyover), ride a tricycle to bring you there.