Every Filipino Catholic knows the image of the Virgin Mary enshrined in this church of the Redemptorist Order. Known as Our ... More
Every Filipino Catholic knows the image of the Virgin Mary enshrined in this church of the Redemptorist Order. Known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Byzantine-like icon is the object of profound devotion every Wednesday, drawing thousands of supplicants from all walks of life. Stalls around the church do a thriving trade selling candles, rosaries, novenas and replicas of the icon, as well as food for the hungry. The teeming crowds snarl traffic for miles around; a nightmare that ordinary motorists would be well advised to avoid.
baclaran is a place that more people go to pray to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and to go shopping as well because all merchandise are cheap, but it is always a crowded place especially wednesday whch is the perpetual novena day and sunday. you really wil perspire a lot.
Going to Baclaran Church is not as bad as it seems. Just avoid going there on Sundays or Wednesdays unless you really want to attend the service. Best time to go is in the morning. If you have a private transportation you can park inside the Church grounds. From Roxas Blvd. turn right towards the Redemporist Church going past the sidewalk vendors.
Another option is to take the LRT. The last station of LRT 1 line is Baclaran. Around the terminal are numerous shopping malls which sells really cheap local as well as China made garments.
This might not be the oldest and nicest architectural but, it's one of the best and simple in style. I love to see the numerous people flocking, browsing alomg the sidewalk, trying to find the cheapest clothings, shoes, bags and other personal items such as school and office supplies. The problem here is how are you planning to go to the church, by commuting or driving ? Either way was worst because of the heavy traffic that you would encounter. If you prefer to drive, you need to park about 500 meters away then, walk so, you wouldn't caught up bumper to bumper situation. By commuting, you need to walk for a half km. or end up waiting in a bus or jeep for an hour!
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