June 16, 2008

A 50-year-old dream

When the Ateneo de Manila University moved from its old campus in Padre Faura, Manila to Loyola Heights, Quezon City in the 1950s, the Jesuits dreamed of having a church built on the highest point of the campus. It wasn't until fifty years later that that dream was realized. In 2001 the Church of the Gesù was built and dedicated during the Feastday of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is named after the Il Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy. The design of the Ateneo Church of the Gesù, though very modern, is also very Filipino. Its pyramidal roof is reminiscent of the roof of the nipa hut, the Philippines' traditional house, now only found in rural areas. The statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the left stood alone for many years on that highest point. In commemoration of this fact, the area where the church stands is now called the Sacred Heart Hill.

Ateneo de Manila Church of the Gesù and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

12 comments:

babooshka said...

This is a really dramatic image. Well done and interesting to read.

Olivier said...

cette photo de nuit est magnifique, j'adore la lumiere. bravo

this picture is beautiful at night, I love the light. Bravo

Knoxville Girl said...

You captured the night lighting very nicely. I enjoyed reading about the history of this place.

Batang Kyusi said...

one of the more popular churches in the metro, thanks to some (ahem) celebrities. interesting lighting, though. kudos.

David said...

Hilda,

I have enjoyed the photos on your website and appreciate your words of encouragement on my new Tamarindo, Costa Rica Daily Photo site: www.tamarindodailyphoto.com. As a graduate of a Jesuit university and the parent of two sons who went to a Jesuit high school, I was interested to read of the your post today and to see your dramatic night photo.

Dave

ken mac said...

Excellent capture, lighting and composition .. Thanks for the tips Hilda!

Blognote said...

You captured this very very well, Hilda!

julia said...

Interesting and then love that taxi! Have never tried food from your country - one of these days, although, we have ethnic cafes of many types but I can't recall a Filipeno cafe.

Hilda said...

Aw, thanks everyone!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

The angle and the lighting fit well with the grandeur of the church. Been to Ateneo once many years ago. Thanks for sharing this picture.

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Louis la Vache said...

Very dramatic night shot, Hilda!

Here's the church "Louis" et Mme. la Vache attend.

Antonia said...

very interesting blog! thank you for the visit!