My Family’s Charming Parish Church: The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao

The facade of the Immacualte Conception Cathedral: reinforcing strong Catholic heritage through architecture

The facade of the Immacualte Conception Cathedral: reinforcing strong Catholic heritage through architecture

“Imma”

The Most Holy Sacrament exposed in an equally tasteful and elegant Adoration Chapel found at the Lower Church of the Cathedral

The Most Holy Sacrament exposed in an equally tasteful and elegant Adoration Chapel found at the Lower Church of the Cathedral

That’s how we colloquially call our parish which is under the Diocese of Cubao. The Diocese actually celebrated its 10th year this 2013. The first and currently serving Bishop of Cubao is His Excellency Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco. The first parish priest was an Argentine SVD priest, Fr. Juan Simón, SVD.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in her retablo festooned beautifully with flowers

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in her retablo festooned beautifully with flowers

Incidentally, our parish was chosen 10 (or maybe more than that) years ago as the cathedral of the then newly-organized diocese.

The Cubao Women's Club to which my lolas and grandlola were members of.

The Cubao Women’s Club to which my lolas and grandlola were members of.

My uncle is an architect long associated with the parish. In fact, my grandmother and her sisters were one of the first parishioners of our parish from way back. It used to be run by German SVD Fathers who monitored the mission work of Kamuning and Cubao.

Our confessionals are really impressive, not to mention, attractive

Our confessionals are really impressive, not to mention, attractive

Over the years, the cathedral church has undergone major aesthetic renovations and embellishments to the delight of everyone. It is one remarkable example of classical revival. It upholds Filipino and Catholic art heritage and I truly delight in the great work of the muy gracioso, muy simpatico Rafael del Casal whose works grace and beautify the cathedral.

a full house during the midnight Mass

a full house during the midnight Mass

This Christmas season, the cathedral church has been delightfully spruced up with appropriate lighting and decoration. Tasteful, classy and still respectful of the sacred nature of the structure. Sadly, a great majority of churches around the archipelago are dressed-up like, well, cheap fashion mannequins by the local costurera. Some churches look gruesome during Christmas because of the gaudy and excessive decorations!

The Main Retablo

The Main Retablo

The Traditional Latin Mass celebrated last 24 Dec 2012 to mark the arrival of the Holy Relics of St. Therese

The Traditional Latin Mass celebrated last 24 Dec 2012 to mark the arrival of the Holy Relics of St. Therese

Good thing our church, led by our Parish Priest, the Rev. Fr. Aris Sison, is well-maintained. I just detest the fact that they have introduced a “professional” innovation: “Communion Station” signs held up. These diminish the beauty of the Liturgy! Para kaming nasa estasyon ng jeep!

Our Belen: lovely!

Our Belen: lovely!

Nevertheless, the good work of the Parish team continues!

Upon entering our parish church one evening this December, this was what welcomed me. What a sight!

Upon entering our parish church one evening this December, this was what welcomed me. What a sight!

Our beautiful parish, hopefully, will continue to blossom and inspire souls!

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5 Responses to My Family’s Charming Parish Church: The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao

  1. arlene says:

    Wow, the interior of the Cathedral is so lovely. I used to attend mass here years ago when we were living in Kamuning.

  2. Pinky Cuenca says:

    Yes, really beautiful!

  3. toni says:

    Post some old photos of the cathedral prior to renovation. Forgot how it looked but really seems different!

  4. roelm says:

    The church was indeed much improved from the days when I had my first communion here back in the ’70s. Although I have to say I cannot remember how it looked like back then but it definitely was not as grand as at present.

    PS
    I don’t know if you know but Father Jojo Zerrudo was the celebrant of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in one of the pictures above and is currently parish priest of the Holy Family church in Roxas district. There is a daily TLM there with the Sunday mass at 2 pm. There is also a TLM every second Sunday of the month in nearby Sto. Domingo at the La Naval altar in Sto. Domingo (1:30 pm).

  5. A beautiful and grand edifice worthy of the name and title of a Cathedral. Based on the photos in this blog post, it seemed that this cathedral has a tasteful and pretty interior based from Romanesque and Classical Styles (with a bit of Italian Gothic to the side). Eclectic but charming and rather a beautiful church.

    Neopelagianus

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