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McKinley Road is a tree-lined avenue linking the central business districts of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, Taguig in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a continuation of Ayala Avenue, south of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), which runs for approximately 1.9 kilometers (1.2 mi) through the affluent neighborhoods of Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village. It is home to the exclusive Manila Polo Club and the Manila Golf and Country Club.
This place is one of the oldest sunctuary in the philippines very cozy and relaxing for tour spirit
The recent Wedding Congress they organized has left me with no choice but give this church the lowest rating for slapping legitimate wedding suppliers with exorbitant accreditation fees. Truly, St. Anthony of Padua who is a friend of the poor is not impressed.
Santuario de San Antonio has like been there forever from my childhood years til now. The best families hold their weddings and their wakes there. It is a church that is rich with stories and history. And though it is the church that high society and old rich families go to, it is not an extravagantly decorated house is worship. It is simple yet beautifully designed. I recently went there to attend a wake and while the kapilya had gorgeous art, the walls could afford a new paint-job. The old-looking walls make the room look tired and sad. Add a coffin and it's the gloomiest place in the neighborhood. Still, Santuario de San Antonio is and will always be one of the best churches in Metro Manila.
Since I was young, the pastors didn't still appeal to me with their dry homilies, even their rushed serving the Holy Communion. When I visited the last Christmas eve Mass around 4 years ago, the sound mic & the kid actors' performance were so bad that I couldn't understand what those people were saying. I asked my late Mom why I was invited to attend that fiasco as if the kids didn't know what they're doing.
The church is beautiful as well as the scenery of the place. The baptism is small but intimate. Our reception is beside the church. The food is a bit salty.
Hands down, it is a beautiful church. Very clean exterior, and well-lit interiors. Air conditioned, too. Unfortunately, I find it difficult to believe that it's run by Franciscan priests (at least, that's what it shows on the articles on their website). St. Francis of Assisi was born from a wealthy family and he divested himself of all that so that he can become a champion of the poor. Isn't this also the reason why the current pope chose the name Francis? So that he could show that it's not difficult to live a life of simplicity? And then you find out they charge exorbitant fees for weddings, with no REAL DATA/METRICS as to how these are being used, unlike the other parishes I've reviewed in the past. Where is the Franciscan spirit in here? For those who can afford to pay for such services, you are better off doing a destination wedding, or donating cash gifts to charity yourselves.