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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Cavite

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Patterned after the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe at the hills of Guadalupe in Mexico (formerly Tepeyac), the church de Los Reyes promised to build now stands on Barangay Javalera in the town of General Trias, Cavite. After the construction, de los Reyes donated the church to the Diocese of Imus.

The church was consecrated in 2007 during the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Blessed by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Bishops Manuel Sobervinas and Father Nel Matanguihan, it is the second church in the country (and seventh in the world) that was built in devotion to Our Lady. It is located just outside the 180-hectare Gateway Business Park (GBP).

A six-foot replica of the tilma is displayed in the Prayer Room of the church. It is supposed to be one of the 220 images that touched the original tilma that Juan Diego used in Mexico. Behind the main altar are huge tablets of the Magnificat and the Apostle’s Creed, and the walls of the church are surrounded by paintings created by Mexican artist Vladimir Cuevas and Filipino artist priest Fr. Armand Tangi. Outside the church is a computer-operated carillon from the Netherlands with 18 bells that play various hymns.

After the construction of his dream church, de los Reyes explained that people from the nearby barangays would finally have a beautiful church close to their homes. Pilgrims from different Philippine provinces and other countries visit the Church to pay homage to Our Lady as well as have retreats and recollections.

The church did not only give life to a dream and exhibit a father’s love for his daughter—it is also a sign of true devotion that is as unselfish as it is extraordinary.

Sources:

“Our Lady of Guadalupe: Principal Patroness of the Philippines, Mexico, and the Americas” from Philippine Panorama, Sunday Magazine of Manila Bulletin (December 7, 2008)

“Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Philippines for the Past 75 Years” from Philippine Panorama, Sunday Magazine of Manila Bulletin (December 6, 2009)

“Businessman builds church for Our Lady of Guadalupe” from the Philippine Daily Inquirer (December 14, 2008)