Baclaran Church Redevelopment taking shape

Last 08 September 2015, the Catholic devotees celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Baclaran Church, also known as the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and Redemptorist Church, marked this occasion with a mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Part of the celebration is the blessing of the new Carillon Bell Tower, which is one of the features of the on-going redevelopment plan for the Baclaran Church property. With the master development plan and urban design laid out by Palafox Associates in 2013, the Church is expected to enhance some of the existing structures to accommodate more visitors and transform the 2.5-hectare property into a people-centric environment.

The proposed entrance gate gives a strong sense of place, rightful of Baclaran Church’s acclaim as one of the most visited churches in Asia. Landscaped sidewalks are also covered to shelter the visitors from sunlight or rain. Surfaces will also be paved, making them more walkable or bikable. As a Church that is open 24/7, with thousands of devotees visiting every day, the proposed redevelopment emphasizes the importance of designing for the people first.

Parking, utilities, dormitory, learning center, and gathering area are proposed to be be added to the Shrine, creating a more efficient 6-storey building. Comfort rooms will also be larger to accommodate more users. Other proposed developments include the Candles Chapel, Stations of the Cross Garden, Convent building, and Columbarium.

The Church calls upon its visitors, Marian devotees, and all generous hearts for donation in order to fund these redevelopment efforts. Details for donation and contact information may be accessed through www.baclaranchurch.org.