Don't say Guadalupe Ruins, say old church near Loyola Memorial Chapels and they'd know what you're talking about.
Makati is famous for its skyscrapers which is why no one would dare think of old ruins when talking about this place. But there is a spot in that city where you could still enjoy a cultural tour without even spending a lot. Don't say Guadalupe Ruins, though, because the tricycle or jeepney drivers, even the locals would not know what you're talking about. Just say you want to go to that old church near Loyola Memorial Chapels and they'd know what you're talking about.
It was raining cats and dogs when my daughter and I visited the place...
I nearly wanted to just give up going there but my young woman was, apparently, hungrier about seeing it. I must have done something good 'coz she is now self-sustaining when it comes to learning awesome things about the Philippines.
And our visit was worth it. The shots aren't as colorful as one would expect because the lighting was imperfect. I even had to ask the man cleaning the chapel to kindly turn on the lights so that we can photograph the place for our cultural blog. He was kind-hearted enough to turn them on to give us a few okay shots.
To learn more about this church and monastery, here is the inscription on the metallic historical marker placed outside the Church and Monastery of Guadalupe in Makati --
The foundations of this church and monastery of the Augustinian Order were laid in 1601 and construction work was finished in 1629. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe was chosen titular patroness in 1603. After the Chinese uprising of 1639 this sanctuary served as a seat of devotion for the Chinese, the buildings withstood the earthquakes of 1645, 1658, 1754 and 1863; the masonry roof of the church collapsed in the earthquakes of 1880 and the structure was rebuilt in 1882 by Rev. Jose Corujedo, O.S.A. site of the orphan asylum and trade school administered by the Augustinian Order for the benefit of the children of the victims of the cholera of 1882.
Both church and monastery were gutted by fire in February 1899, during the early skirmishes between Americans and Filipinos.
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