Church of the Holy Sacrifice
Posted by BCS on July 9, 2009
I don’t know how true the story is, but I’ve heard that the Church of the Holy Sacrifice (located at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman) is the first project of Leandro V. Locsin to be built during his career. Locsin was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture in 1990 by President Corazon C. Aquino.
On January 12, 2005, the chuch was considered as a National Historical Landmark and a Cultural Treasure by the National Historical Institute and the National Museum respectively.
Everything about it is remarkable… the dome, the absence of any kind of structural support inside the structure, the simplistic design, the 1,000-person seating capacity. But what I find most remarkable is the fact that this church is a product of the collaborative efforts and extraordinary talents of five National Artists. And what a glorious product it is!
The structure (as I’ve already mentioned) was designed by Leandro V. Locsin…
the murals of the Stations of the Cross were painted by Vicente S. Manansala and Ang Kiukok…
the double-sided crucifix and altar base was sculpted/carved by Napoleon Abueva…
and the floor (entitled “The River of Life”) was designed by Arturo Luz.
It is as much a shrine of the arts as it is one of the religious and the holy.