Cavite: Silang Catholic Church

According to local folklore, Silang Catholic Church miraculously appeared overnight in this quiet town of Silang. Researchers on the other hand believed otherwise. They said that the church was probably constructed through forced labor or polo y sevicio sometime in 1585.



The church is considered as one of the oldest in the province of Cavite. It is located in the municipality of Silang. The church is also known as the Our Lady of Candelaria Church.

Pilgrims are allowed to pass by the side entrance.
One unique feature of the church is its multi-leveled wooden altar. The altars' beautifully carved wooden platform house the numerous carved images and statues of Jesus, Mary, and other countless Catholic saints.

Beautifully made altar

Silang Catholic Church is one of the towns' popular tourist and pilgrimage destination.

Annual Visita Iglesia = More fun
When I visited the church during the our family's annual Visita Iglesia, I was actually expecting a very quiet provincial-like atmosphere. However once I've entered the town proper, I was astonished to see how up and busy the townsfolk are. The town is quite urbanized (minus the malls and airports) by my standards. The only remnant of the past, which I was expecting, would be the old church in the heart of town. Though it was Holy Week when we visited, I was shocked to see that the church was actually closed and only the side entrance near the altar was accessible to the pilgrims. The church was also empty except a handful of tourists taking pictures of its interior. However, despite the small number of visiting pilgrims and local devotees that day, I still believe that the town's people of Silang are highly devoted due to the fact that there was a huge number of flower offerings and lit candles. Maybe I was just late for church schedule that day.

Carved images and statues of saints

Getting there:


From Manila- board a bus to Nasugbu and tell the conductor to drop you off Sisters  of Mary School.
bus fare: P80 -100

From Baclaran- board a bus traveling directly to Silang.
bus fare: P80 -100

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Comments

  1. Hey Neil, Great pictures as always. Looking forward to more updates.

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    1. Howdy David! Thank you so much!!! Comments like this keeps me motivated to work harder on my blogs. =)

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  2. Great photo of the old church... :)oh the Carved images and statues of saints must have taken ppl long time to do that buy hand. That is cool.

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    1. Thank you so much for the positive comment Maam Christine!

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