This minor basilica in Batangas City became an independent parish in 1614. Fr. Diego de Mojica had a temporary structure built in the 1570s. Forty years later, the church burned down along with many other buildings in town. Fr. Jose Rodriguez had a new church built in the 1680s, this time made of stone. The church burnt down again in the 1740s when lightning struck it.
Fr. Pedro Cuesta had the old church demolished because he felt that the town’s increasing population needed a newer and bigger one. The construction of the new church took place in the 1850s. More than a century after, the church underwent numerous reconstructions and maintenance work and survived natural disasters that damaged it. Pope Pius XII gave the church its basilica status on February 13, 1948.
The church’s façade is unassuming. It is simple but beautiful with its beige color, columns, and windows. As you walk inside, you’ll quickly recognize how beautiful the basilica is. The huge nave and high ceiling let the interior design settle and give it a sense of space. The grey color of the walls allows visitors to focus on the beautiful paintings and patterns inside. The serene atmosphere and interior design create the ideal ambiance for prayer and contemplation.
Mass Schedule and Other Info
For those who want to attend mass here, the schedules are as follows:
- M-F – 5:30 AM / 6:15 AM / 7:00 AM / 6:00 PM
- Saturday – 5:45 AM / 7:00 AM / 6:00 PM
- Sunday – 5:00 AM / 6:00 AM / 7:15 AM / 8:30 AM / 9:45 AM / 11:00 AM / 4:30 PM / 5:45 PM / 7:00 PM
FIESTA: The church celebrates its feast day on February 13. Its fiesta celebrates faith, people and its long history.
WEDDING RATES: For wedding inquiries, you may contact this number: (043) 723 1484.
How to Get There
You can board a bus from Cubao Terminal to Batangas Grand Terminal. JAM Liner is one of the companies that ply this route. Fare is around P210 (one way) and the ride may take around three hours depending on traffic. Once in Batangas, you can either walk to the church or hire a tricycle to take you.
Attractions Near the Church
There are a couple of places you can visit after dropping by the church. You can go to another one in Bauan as part of Visita Iglesia. Other attractions are:
- Laiya. You can also travel further away to Laiya for some beach time.
- Anilao. Divers can make their way to Anilao in Mabini to explore its underwater ecosystem.
- Taal Volcano. Taal Volcano is a destination you can also add to your itinerary, especially if you like hiking.