Our Lady of Victory Chapel in Malabon City, Philippines - the first church I visited during my Vicita Iglesia for this year (2012). I promised to make a separate post for each beautiful churches that I visited so here's the first installment to start with.
It was a real BIG surprise finding this church in the heart of one of metro’s busiest city. The perfect adjective to describe the place and the church is “serene”.
The view of the church with the belfry partly hidden by the thick green plants and trees. This shot is taken diagonally across from left.
Closer shot of the belfry. Unlike old churches where the belfry is usually built as an extension part of the main church and in tower-like structure, this belfry is built separately and is rooted from the grounds.
Green vines, an old-fashioned designed lamp post and a tree intertwined together, created a beautiful arc in the pathway leading to the church main entrance.
The church’s door adorned by dried vines and twigs complimented the “church in the woods” concept of this church.
That’s me with the view from the right curve.
And me again at the front walk way after passing the arc, then wandering in the left wing.
Unluckily the church was still close when we were there because it was still very early in the morning. It was where I prayed and meditated the “first station of the cross”. So I was not able to see the insides of the church. I searched for it and I’m sharing what I found from Google images:
The Altar (photo from Google images)
Our Lady of Victory Chapel (OLVC) is privately owned by the family of the founder of Gregorio Araneta University Foundation, the late Don Salvador Araneta. This is where his remains were buried in the 80’s and also the remains of his wife Doňa Victoria Araneta. They also owned the whole Araneta Village.
The church is famous for wedding venues.
Now, if you haven’t been here but lit ooks familiar to you, it is because this church is also famous for wedding scene venues for Philippine television series. Some of the television series that were shot here are “Lobo” starring Angel Locsin and Piolo Pacual and “Pangako Sa’yo” starring Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales.
OLVC in under the Diocese of Caloocan. It is located at R. Magsaysay St. Victoneta Park, Potrero1475 Malabon City, National Capital Region, Philippines. Telephone Number 361-3753.