Churches of the Philippines
The numerous churches that have been built in the Philippines came from the missionary enterprise under the Spanish regime that started in 1521. Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese-turned-Spanish navigator, arrived at the Homonhon island in Samar on March 16, 1521.
The Catholic religion had been introduced throughout the islands when the Spanish arrived in Samar. In March 31, 1521. The first mass previously conducted in the archipelago took place on the Limasawa shore. This memorable event was represented by the planting of a wooden cross on top of the hill that overlooks at the sea.
The group of churches in the Philippines established a building style and design that has been modified to the physical situations in the country along with a significant influence on future church architecture throughout the region. The 4 churches situated at the northern island of Luzon and Intramuros, Manila are exceptional illustrations of the Philippine presentation of the Baroque style. It represent the combination of European church construction and designs having local materials and ornamental motifs to make a new church-building history.