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June in San Juan City

Every  24th of June, San Juan celebrates the feast day of St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista).

 

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The city’s devotion to the last prophet goes way back to an 1894 Royal Decree by the Spanish Vice-Royal Patron of the Philipines which established the parish of John the Baptist. Over a century later, the city celebrates the feast day with a festival that baptizes the city in water: the Wattah-Wattah.

 

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While commuters are alerted to the possibility of getting doused with water and advised to take other routes to work, the festival highlights the city’s desire to keep traditions alive.

 

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San Juan City Landmarks: Pinaglabanan Church

While it is formally named the San Juan Bautista Church, the popular nickname of Pinaglabanan testifies to the 1896 uprising of the Katipuneros against the Spaniards.

Today, Pinaglabanan Church stands in the midst of the bustling city:

 

 

 

The Bell Tower was added in the last century:

 

 

The Last Supper scene in the altar

 

 

 

 

Below the Church is a function room which can sit roughly 150-200 people:

 

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San Juan City Landmarks: The Santuario de Santo Cristo

The Philippines is widely acknowledged to be a Catholic country and the city of San Juan is steeped in the tradition of the nation’s faith.

The Santuario de Santo Cristo boasts of awe-inspiring breadth and height but it also has charming details which provide solace to those who seek prayer and comfort:

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A Tale of Two Churches

 

The City of San Juan is renowned for two churches that stand as a testimony to the Philippines’ colonial past and as the pillar of today’s modern society.

 

 

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