- Posted April 21, 2011 by
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Visita Iglesia In The Philippines- 7
The tradition of visiting 7 churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice. It probably originated in Rome where early pilgrims visited 7 pilgrim churches as penance. Such tradition has been passed to Filipinos by the Spanish friars during the Hispanic colonial era. Such practice is known in the Philippines as Visita Iglesia (Spanish: church visits). Filipinos in modern times don’t exactly visit 7 churches on Holy Thursday due to various reasons. Many Filipino Catholics would visit 3 or 5 churches during the said day. Some Filipinos can visit more than 7 churches on Maundy Thursday.
My friend and I visited about 5 churches this Holy Thursday. I joined my friend- Robert Ong in doing Visita Iglesia to commemorate the Lenten Season.
The last church that we visited is a well known shrine in San Pedro, Laguna. It’s called as the Lolo Uweng’s Shrine. Many of the icons inside the shrine are said to be miraculous. That’s why people would touch the said miraculous icons either by hand or by handkerchief so that they receive healing and blessings.