Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – Guadalupe, Makati (Review)
For years I’ve overlooked this church because, first off, it’s not too visible. Compared to other churches, its facade is too elevated one can hardly see it. But now that I’m scouting for a church for MY own wedding, it has been ranked first in my canvassing :) I’ve shot quite a number of weddings on this church but it’s only been lately that it has tickled my fancy. If you’re a practical bride on a budget, this church deserves a second look.
Situated near EDSA Guadalupe a block or two away from MMDA headquarters is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. It has just been turned from a parish into an Archdiocesan Shrine a couple of years ago. You can’t expect a facade as grand as Nuestra Señora de Gracia or a huge parking lot, but budget-wise it’s manna from heaven! If you’re a member of the parochial community, you can get as low as 4500, but if you’re not from these parts, you can get a decent church ceremony for 6500. And if you’re really on a toity-toit budget, it’s very close to affordable prep n reception venues such as Great Eastern Hotel, EDSA Horizon Hotel, Makati Park, to name a few.
Photography-wise, this church ain’t too bad. The white walls, glass-stained windows, an elevated altar, and a wide aisle are good signs of a good shoot. The church interior, contrary to how it looks on the outside, is quite spacious and laaaarge. There’s plenty of room to move around. The indoor balcony is just as huge, with a left and right wing for other angles.
As of June 2009, rate is 6500 (or 4500 if you’re a parishioner) which includes ceremony, carpet, flowers (plastic lang pero who cares ulit), verry very nice usherettes, lights, organ, church singer. In short, it’s a steal :) You can have a whole choir for a higher rate.
As a final note, the church people are very lenient so photogs can shoot as many as they can. Huwag lang kayong ma-late sa ceremony dahil baka mapaikli group pictorial kapag may kasunod na misa o kasal.
Like I said, looots of affordable reception and prep options to choose from. Most couples we’ve shot hold their reception (and if applicable, preparations) at Great Eastern Hotel in Makati Avenue, EDSA Horizon Hotel at EDSA Boni, Makati Park in JP Rizal Extension, Baluyot Mansion in Cembo, Parc House EDSA, Max’s Restaurant in Jupiter, etc.
1923 Orense St. , Guadalupe Nuevo Makati City
Tel No. 882-8095
Budget Factor: Aprub! About 4.5 / 6.5k. For that amount, you get a very accessible ceremony venue with proximal commendable venues as well.
Shutter Factor: Church is not too elaborately designed on the exterior but large and spacious enough inside. The very accommodating church people give your mediamen freedom to shoot and move around, provided they follow the usual guidelines. This guarantees a lot of good shots.
Atmosphere: Very spacious, good ambient light, polite usherettes (very good sermons too)
Possible Prep Venues:
EDSA Horizon Hotel
Great Eastern Hotel Makati
Best Western Astor Hotel
& other Burgos Hotels
Possible Reception Venues:
Edsa Horizon Hotel
Great Eastern Hotel
Note: I only included proximal and affordable venues here; posh establishments not included.
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