1974: Iglesia de San Agustín Museum Inauguration

The Prince, Juan Carlos de Borbon, being introduced by an Augustinian Friar at the San Agustin Church

The Museo de San Agustín in Intramuros is probably one of the most visited and memorable museums that Filipinos can relish in. It features some of the most priceless and important ecclesiastical relics and artifacts that the country was able to salvage after the war. The Museo is adjacent the oldest stone church in the country, the Iglesia de San Agustín, a church that was luckily spared by the inhuman and indiscriminate carpet bombing of the Americans and the wild suicide destruction the Japanese engaged in.

Holy Mass with Sofia and Juan Carlos as Guests of Honor

These are photos of the 1974 museum inauguration that had no less the Prince-to-be Juan Carlos and his wife, Sofia of the Greek royal lineage as top VIP guests. The inauguration was attended by Manila and the rest of the country’s prominent Spanish families, mestizos, the culturati and the clergy. It was said to be a bittersweet affair as some of the survivors of the War who were Intramuros residents remembered taking refuge in the hallowed walls of the Church of San Agustin.

The Future King and Queen of Spain Being Toured Around the Newly Built San Agustin Museum

A Young Royal Couple Touring A Spanish Legacy


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2 Responses to 1974: Iglesia de San Agustín Museum Inauguration

  1. My parents were married at San Agustin. Hahahaha.

    Nice blog, good job sa breadth of information! Fore sure hindi ko mamamaintain ito kung blog ko ito, but I guess it’s in the passion, yes? 🙂

  2. Paulo Rubio says:

    The friar in question is Fr. Andrés Niño, O.S.A.

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