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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or the New Manila Cathedral

The air conditioned Manila Cathedral formally called The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the heart of the old walled city of Intramuros is scheduled to reopen on Apr. 9, 2014 more than 2 years after it was closed for major repairs. Church authorities said at least Php 120 Million had been spent for the major repairs a vision of delight for devotees who will troop to the retrofitted structure during the Holy Week. In the walled city of Intramuros in Manila is one of the most admired Churches in the country. It's officially named The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception but locals call it casually "The Manila Cathedral". The closure of the cathedral for restoration in Feb. 2012 didn't stop tourists and pilgrims from visiting the imposing structure in Intramuros. Some stop and say silent prayers others take Selfies with the cathedral as the background. When the Manila Cathedral reopens its doors to the public on Apr. 9, 2014 a few days before the Holy Week expect the crowds to come and visit most of them drawn by curiosity and faith. Some Php 120 Million was spent for the restoration of the Cathedral mostly for the retrofitting of the marble columns and beams said Msgr. Cerbo, Rector of the Manila Cathedral. Built in 1581, The Manila Cathedral has since been the victim of several wars, bombings and fires. The present Cathedral was constructed in 1958 under the Rufino Cardinal Santos. Above the main entrance is the choir loft were the pipe organ is located. The pipe organ which is said to be the biggest in the South East Asia will serenade the public during the reopening of the Cathedral on Apr. 9, 2014.    
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