Manila Cathedral Reopens: The Beauty Has Been Restored, Improved

The Manila Cathedral is one of the Philippines’ historical marks that tourists should never missed visiting. And now that it has been restored, it will definitely give another life in Intramuros, Manila.

Today, April 9, the cathedral was re-opened to public after more than two years that it has been closed for repair. It was former Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales who decided to undertake the restoration to be assured of the structural integrity of the cathedral following the spate of earthquakes in the country.

The first mass after the re-opening was held at 6:30 in the evening and was attended by President Benigno Aquino III.

Manila Cathedral reopens

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The improvements were noticeable, giving an impression and a feel for most Catholic members that they are “at home.”

Manila Cathedral

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Aside from the enhancement or retrofitting of the pillars, bases and other key portions of the cathedral, the plumbing and electrical systems, chips in the arches, stains and cracks on the walls, discoloration of the baldachin and other parts of altar and chapels, water seeping into the crypt were covered by the restoration process.

At night, the cathedral is much beautiful because of the added lights. The sound system and a CCTV security systems were also installed.

Manila Cathedral at night
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