The first thing I noticed after transferring to our new office was the concrete cathedral towering over the neighboring rooftops of New Manila in Quezon City. I've had glimpses of this church before during random rides over the LRT2 but have never really seen it up close.
The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine is just walking distance from our new workplace but I didn't really gave time to photograph it thinking there would enough of that later. But time flies and we were soon leaving our QC office on a quick notice.
So I brought my camera with me on those last few days and proceeded towards the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church, gray drizzly weather notwithstanding.
What really drew me to this church besides its megalithic appearance is its unpainted facade. I love architecture without paint. I prefer materials to look what they should really look and not be glossed over by paint and what-nots.
The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church, constructed in 1954, is not as history laden like most churches I've photographed; but it doesn't mean it is not as interesting as those structures. It looks very regal with its central tower soaring upwards in all its symmetrical glory. Its rough concrete walls are punctured with colorful panels of stained glass windows.
The church's geometric architecture looks very modern but still appears quite warm due mostly to its bare textured walls. There are hardly any adornments on its facade besides the larger than life icon of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.Inside its halls (which were unfortunately painted), the ceiling soars high along with the rays coming through its massive stained glass windows. Like its exterior, decorations are kept to a minimum, its massive space being given more emphasis. I was actually expecting something grander, from what I've heard from my friends who've visited the church but I guess its understatement fits its motif better.
After a handful of photographs and a little prayer, it was time to go. As I went out of the church and walked into the drizzling afternoon, I thought back to my first days in this place. After more than a year of procrastinating, I was finally able to capture the towering beauty of the Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Shrine.