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Sta. Cruz Parish Church

Saturday, May 24, 2008
After Quiapo, headed to Sta. Cruz for more handicrafts.

Sta. Cruz is located at the left bank of Pasig River, on the northern portion of the City of Manila, near the mouth of the river, in between the districts of Tondo and Quiapo.

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors to the Philippines, the district of Sta. Cruz was partly a marshland, patches of greeneries, orchards and partly rice fields. A Spanish expedition in 1581 claimed the territory and awarded to the Society of Jesus or more commonly called the Jesuits.

The Jesuits built the first Roman Catholic Church in the area where the present Sta. Cruz Parish stands on June 20, 1619. The Jesuits enshrined the image of the Our Lady of Pillar in 1643 to serve the predominantly Chinese residents in the area. The image drew a lot of devotees and popular cult grew around it.

Sta. Cruz Parish Church

At the Sta. Cruz parish, a small park was built that linked the area into the headquarters of Spanish cavalry, the building that once was the College of San lldedonso, operated by the Jesuits. (Wikipedia)

Fountain near the church



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