sunday post: entrance

Located in the city of Las Pinas is the Mary Immaculate Parish or more popularly known as the “Nature Church”.

It has old tree trunks from typhoon fallen trees as pews.

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It is surrounded with different kinds of flowering plants and fruit trees.

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nature church

The church is so unique that it is also a favorite shooting venue of wedding scenes in local movies and tele-novelas.

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nature church

The ceiling is lined with 40,000 pieces of inter-woven ‘pamaypay’ or fans made of anahaw leaves and is decorated with lantern doves made of capiz shells. Capiz shells are white, translucent shells that are delicate and fragile and is used in a variety of handicrafts. The shells come from a bivalve that also produces pearls.

The lantern doves in the ceiling provide soft illumination and are suspended using bamboo and strings which give them the ‘flying effects’ spiraling mode.

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ceiling of nature church

The Nature Church was built with no walls making it open to a free current of fresh air and very welcoming since almost all sides could be used as an entrance.

For more photos with Entrance as theme, visit Jake’s blog.