Augustinian Churches in Manila · Metro Manila

Augustinian-Built Churches in Metro Manila and her Patron Saints

Most of the cities in today’s Metro Manila were part of the province of Tondo during the Spanish colonial period and most of the churches in these cities were founded by none other than the pioneering Christian missionaries in the country: the Augustinian Friars.

Aside from San Agustin Church, Monasterio de Guadalupe and the friary in Mandaluyong, the Augustinians also built the churches of Tondo, Malate, Pasig, taguig, Pateros, Parañaque, Navotas and Pasay.[1]

According to Fr. Lucio P. Gutiérrez, OP, the friars who came to the Philippines during the 1st one hundred years of evangelization were men of high learning and of proven virtue. They were, above all, zealous and apostolic men, a product of a reformed Spanish Church well before the appearance of Protestantism in Europe. [2] These apostolic and zealous friars were the ones who founded these magnificent churches that until now are still being used as places of worship by millions of Catholics in Metro Manila.

  1. Tondo – Santo Niño Church

Sto. Niño de Tondo ChurchFrom the very beginning, the firars placed Tondo under the patronage of the Holy Child or the Santo Niño, whose devotion remains to be one of the most popular and extensive in the country today.

  1. Malate – Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Church

Malate ChurchMalate used to house a miraculous image of Nuestra Señora de los Remedio (Our Lady of Remedies), the patroness of mothers. The devotion to the Virgin made Malate very famous and people flocked to the church especially on Saturdays. Today, the parish of Malate is being administered by Columban Missionaries.

  1. Pasig – Immaculate Concepcion Church

Immaculate Concepcion Church PasigPasig’s church aside from being the oldest Marian parish in the country went from being an iglesia parroquial in 1573 to a cathedral in 2003. Pasig’s patroness is the Immaculate Concepcion. The whole territory of the Diocese of Pasig used to be Augustinian mission areas and the 3 oldest churchs (Pasig, Taguig and Pateros) in the diocese were all Augustinian built.

  1. Taguig – Santa Ana Church














Santa Ana, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the patroness of Taguig. The city’s populase still celebrates with much grandeur the fiesta of their patrona every July 26 with a solemn novena and a fluvial parade along the Taguig River.

  1. Pateros – San Roque Church

Pateros is famous for its duck raisers hence the town’s name. San Roque was named patron but the local Catholic faithful also highly venerates Santa Maria de Betania because of a legend that the saint saved their ducks and fowls from a monstrous crocodile that plagued their livelihood.

  1. Parañaque – San Andres Apostol Church










San Andres Apostol is the city’s patron saint but every August 10, devotes from the south of Manila flock to this church to celebrate the fiesta of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event). Like Pasig, Parañaque too is now the seat of the diocese with the same name.

  1. Malabon – San Bartolome Church and Navotas – San Jose Church

Navotas Church

Malabon ChurchMalabon and Navotas are famous for their fish ports. Malabon’s patron is San Jose while Navotas recently celebrated its 400th foundation Anniversary as a parish. Both churches are now part of the Diocese of Kalookan.

  1. Pasay – San Clara de Asis Church

Pasay ChurchPasay was one of the last parishes founded by the Augustinians. Santa Clara de Montefalco, the namesake of the more popular Santa Clara de Asis and the first canonized Augustinian nun is the city’s patroness.

Today, as the Augustinian friars celebrate the 450th anniversary of their presence in the Philippines, only two (2) of these churches are under their care: San Agustin Church (Immaculate Conception Parish) and the parish of Nuestra Señora de Gracia in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City. The rest were either ceded to the diocesan clergy or given to other religious congregations.

[1] Pedro G. Galende, OSA, Angels in Stone, (Manila: G.A. Formoso Puiblishing, 1987), 17.

[2] Lucio P. Gutiérrez, OP, Archdiocese of Manila: A Pilgrimage in Time. Volume I. (Manila: The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, 2000), 17.


Written by Fr. John Paul Mabanta, OSA, in Monasterium 2015, Official Publication of Monasterio de GUadalupe, Makati City.

History of the Augustinians · Philippines

Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu-Philippines: Filipinization of the Augustinians in the Philippines


The first group of Augustinians, under the leadership of the Venerable Andres Urdaneta, came to the Philippines in 1565 from Spain through Mexico as the pioneers in theCatholic Church‘s task of evangelization in that part of the globe. Originally establishing themselves in Cebu, these missionaries soon expanded their apostolic activities to the neighboring towns and islands and later to almost all the other principal regions of the archipelago.

On March 7, 1575, the then Prior General of the Order, Fr. Tadeo de Perusa, decreed the creation of a new Augustinian Province in the Philippines under the title Santisimo Nombre de Jesus de FilipinasMost Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial times in the Philippines, they founded almost three hundred towns and churches from 1565 to 1898.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines decided to shift its missionary activities to newer territories, such as Peru,Colombia, and Venezuela. As a logical consequence of this move, the seat of the Province was transferred from Manila to Madrid. The Augustinian presence in the country was then reduced to a minimum.

To compensate for this loss of manpower, the remaining Augustinians intensified the recruitment and formation of Filipino candidates. And as the number of the latter increased and their preparedness adequately established, the idea of creating a new Province came to be seriously considered.

Plans for the organization of such a Province began in 1974 when the Regional Assembly of the Philippine Augustinian Vicariate asked for the creation of a Vice-Province in the islands. Though the plan was not realized, it was again revived by a group of Filipino Augustinians at a meeting in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu on April 29, 1981. The plan this time was for the creation of a new Province. The move to create a new Province, which would be called the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu-Philippines, was officially endorsed by the Regional Assembly of the Augustinian Vicariate of the Philippines at the closing of its sessions on August 19, 1981, in the Monastery of San Agustin, Intramuros, Manila, and by the Provincial Chapter of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines, held in Valladolid, Spain on July 17, 1982. The proposal was overwhelmingly approved by the members of the 174th General Chapter held in Rome on September 15, 1983, and the new province was canonically established on December 25, 1983.


The province was officially formed on September 13, 1983, inside the Istituto Patristico Augustinianum in Rome during the 174th General Chapter of the Augustinian Order, where ninety-three delegates approved the creation of the first indigenous Augustinian province in Asia after over 400 years of control by Spanish religious leaders. The Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu gained autonomy from the mother province, theProvince of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines, which is based in Spain.[2]

The first Prior Provincial was Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA, who later became an assistant Prior General of the Order in Rome. Initially, the Province had thirty-six friars and religious brothers and sixty-one aspirants, novices, postulants and theology students.[3]


Institutions, or houses, owned by the Province, include the following:


Augustinian Churches · Philippines

Repost: 10 Augustinian built heritage churches in the Philippines you should see

This year, 2015, marks the 450th year of the presence of the Augustinians in the Philippines, the 450th year of the finding of the image of the Sto. Nino in Cebu and the 50th anniversary of the Minor Basilica of Sto. Nino. This post, celebrates these milestones by honoring the pioneering Augustinian order thru the churches that they built. To simplify things, I based it on the four churches inscribed under the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, UNESCO World Heritage list and the rest, a selection of Augustinian built churches known for their outstanding architecture, and are declared National Cultural Treasures (NCT). Boljoon, other than a NCT, is also nominated in the Baroque Churches of the Philippines extensionlist. And of course, The Minor Basilica of Sto. Nino is an important shrine and is a declared National Historical Landmark. simbahan-san-agustin Continue readings…. ORIGINAL POST. ____________________________________ Source: