A HOLY WEEK tradition among Filipino Roman Catholics is Visita Iglesia (visit churches). On that day Catholics visit seven (or more) churches to reflect and pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church. Many residents of the metropolis opt to visit seven churches within the original city of Manila as they are not too far from each other.
THE Intramuros Administration (IA) has arranged for nine churches, chapels, and prayer grounds to be open to pilgrims and tourists alike during Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday (April 18 to 20) this year. Last year, only seven venues were open during Holy Week. IA has worked to open two more sites this year, some located inside schools or government offices.