Finally Revealed! Our Wedding Church: Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

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There is a church that always catch my attention whenever I go to NAIA – Terminal 3. This brown-painted church stood out from the condominiums and commercial buildings fronting the terminal. I never expected, back then, that that church will be the place where me and My Beloved Fiancée Lei will exchange vows and start our forever.

My Beloved Fiancée once said that she wanted our church to have the image of the crucified Lord to be at center. She saw the altar of the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and she immediately fell for it. She decided from that moment that we will get married in this church.

Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

A Little History of the Shrine of St. Therese


The Shrine exists even before condominiums and commercial buildings (like the Resorts World) started popping up in Villamor. It started as a chapel dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel (patron saint of Filipino soldiers). The Philippine Air Force chaplains developed and expanded that chapel and re-dedicated it to St. Therese of the Child Jesus on December 16, 1983. The church was spared from destruction during privatization of some parts of Villamor Airbase through a memo by President Erap.

The church underwent major reconstruction from 2005 to 2007. The church transformed from a humble church into a grand Shrine dedicated for the promotion of the spirituality of St. Therese to the members of the Military Ordinariate.

Location and Contact Details of the Shrine of St. Therese




The Shrine of St. Therese is just a stone’s throw away from NAIA – Terminal 3 and Resorts World Manila (see map above). Soon-to-be-wed couples who don’t have car can easily reach this church by riding the Nichols jeep near the MRT – Taft Station and then alighting near MMDA’s hideous looking globe. The Shrine can either be reached on foot or by riding a tricycle.


The Shrine office is only available from 9 Am to 5 PM, Tuesdays to Sundays. I made a mistake of going to the Shrine of St. Therese on a Monday. I wasted my time because no one was there to entertain me.

The Shrine of St. There can be contacted at telephone no.: 854-3024. You can also visit their website.

What We Saw Inside of the Shrine of St. Therese


Inside the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


What immediately caught my attention during our first visit is the immensity of this church. It can easily seat around 2,000 people. It is so big that the church seems to look empty even with my 100 guests.

Altar of Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


The altar doesn’t have the intricate design as in the old Philippine churches. It only have a big (as befits this cavernous church) image of the crucified Lord with the dove (symbolizing the Holy spirit) at the top. I am glad that the Military Ordinariate didn’t follow the trend of placing the tabernacle at the obscure places.

Stained glass in Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


The side walls of the church have (again) big stained glass artworks depicting the life of St. Therese. These stained glass artworks are good background for wedding photos.

Garden of the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


The gardens at the side of the church are also good for wedding photos. Many our “dramatic” shots for the AVP were taken at the garden.

Door of Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


For the brides who are concerned about the church door, I can say that it is beautiful but not as intricate as the ones in Manila Cathedral. The good news is that the Shrine allows the door to be closed for the bride’s dramatic entrance. Actually, My Beloved Bride had that “dramatic” entrance.

Door of Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus


The Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus is impressive because of its size. If you have a small number of guests, make sure to instruct the photographer to focus his shots on your guests to avoid the empty pews.

The Shrine’s Wedding Packages


The shrine of St. Therese offers two wedding packages which costs 40,500 pesos and 27,500 pesos. Both packages have basic flower decoration, officiating priest, commentator, royal-blue carpet, soloist/pianist, and use of the Shrine for 1 and a half hours. The only difference between the two packages is that the more expensive one is aircondtioned. We chose the 27,000-peso package to save money.

How We Booked the Shrine of St. Therese


The Shrine of Therese is getting popular for weddings. According to the Shrine’s brochure, more than 300 weddings are celebrated in the Shrine every year. That’s almost one wedding per day!

Due to this popularity, the dates that we initially wanted were already booked. Good thing that we managed to book a perfect date, which is 10 AM on a Saturday. We paid 13,500 pesos as down payment to block our chosen date. The full payment was given on our wedding day.

If you want the Shrine for your wedding, I suggest that you be flexible with your wedding date. It is highly probable that the date that you want is already booked. This is true especially for Saturdays and Sundays.  Pencil booking is not allowed. Paying the down payment is the only effective way of blocking off the day that you want.

Everything went well with our preparation for the wedding ceremony. Reverend Smith, the Shrine secretary, was very patient in answering our questions. As for the florist, we just told them that we only wanted the basic arrangement (to save money). We also contacted the soloist/pianist to inform him of the music that we wanted to be played during the wedding ceremony.

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I can confidently say that the Shrine of St. There is a great place for weddings. The church’s interior is beautiful. The altar, with the big image of the crucified Lord, is the perfect background for wedding photos. But more than physical structure of the Shrine, my positive comments goes to the people who runs the place. They were very very helpful during our wedding day. Their help made our special day more special.

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So what happened during our wedding day? Please read the next blog post.

For those who are inquiring about our wedding reception venue, please read my post about Golden Bay Restaurant.

The history of Shrine posted here was referred to the plaque posted on the wall of the Shrine.
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34 comments:

  1. A very nice church and probably a church to visit when I am in Manila. I like the simplicity but grandeur of the place. The homey atmosphere is what makes it nice. I do not like a church where a wedding celebration is being held and people are going in and out at that time. You made the right choice. Congratulations once again and hopefully when a child is born, your Japan adventure can be narrated.

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    1. Thank you very much Jonathan. :-)

      Me and my wife didn't want the church where the people just come in and out and thus making the place very noisy. That's why we never inquired about Quiapo Church or Baclaran Church for our wedding.

      I do hope that we visit Japan in the future.

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    2. What's the architectural style of this church? It is quite unusual.

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    3. Hello Kuya Resty,

      According to the Shrine website, it is of Classical Contemporary architectural style.

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    4. It looks Jewish kasi eh from the outside.

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    5. I have no idea about Jewish architecture.

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  2. Gosh!!! It is so so so beautiful - the aisle and the curved ceiling over it, the stained glass windows...absolutely stunning! Great choice!

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    1. Thank you very much STP. My Beloved Wife was stunned too the first that she saw this church. That's why she told me that we will book the place for our wedding.

      She is the one who made the great choice. :-)

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  3. A majestic church indeed. One of my godsons was baptized here. :)

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    1. Wow! God bless your godson.

      Thank you for the visit. :-)

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  4. I especially like the 2nd photo after the map.

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    1. I think that's the best shot that I took for this church. :-)

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  5. Very nice church. I like it! :)

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  6. I see this church all the time when I have to go to NAIA. I didn't know it was the old chapel. I thought it was a new one lang. Very nice. =)

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    1. Yup. Buti talaga at hindi napaalis yung church sa lugar na ito. Kung hindi a puro condo at commercial establishment na lang ang nandito.

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  7. how much wedding ceremony? tnx

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    1. Hi. You can choose either the 40,500-peso package or the 27,500-peso package.

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  8. Is it true that you need to have a military employee endorsement for you to be able to book the church?

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    1. You don't need an endorsement from anyone in the military to book this church. Non-military Catholics can have their wedding here.

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  9. This church is so beautiful!! You know my sister got married at this church. Her event planner suggested this pretty venue to her. I feel the people who got married here are the luckiest people of world!

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    1. I'm not sure about luck. What I'm sure that those get married in this church will be blessed.

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  10. Hello! Thanks for your blog entry. Are there any other fees you need to pay? In Sanctuario de San Antonio in Makati you have to pay 3k for the photograpers and videographers.

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    1. There's additional fee if you will throw confetti or rice. I can't recall how much but I guess its more than 1 thousand pesos.

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  11. You choose a beautiful and stunning wedding church! Is this church considered as baroque? Thanks!

    Congrats in advance. :)

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    1. I'm not sure if this is baroque. I guess it more of contemporary architectural style.

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  12. Hello. May I ask if it's hot or not even without air conditioning? We're planning to get the non-air conditioned rate too and have our wedding on a Saturday at 3pm.

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    1. Non-aircon is fine. They have fans so it will not be too hot.

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  13. Hi! How much the baptismal ceremony? Thanks

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    1. Sorry but I don't know how much is the fee for baptism within the Shrine of St. Therese.

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    2. It's 500 for the mass baptism and 2500 for solo baptism. Additional of 50 per godparent.

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  14. hi! i read a review that the church's staff turned on the church's aircon few minutes before 3 and they turned it off at exactly 4pm even though there are still guests in the church and the photo taking was still on going. how was it on your case? :) thank you in advance for your reply :)

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    1. We didn't avail of the package with aircondition so I cannot answer your query.

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