I perceive churches in the Philippines as a place where I can just escape. Escape from the pressures, the indifference of men, a place of solitude where I can hear my thoughts and find peace. Whenever I feel lonely and sad back in high school, this is just the place where I can find peace in my soul. Basilica del Sto Nino is one of my favorite churches in Cebu. Although, I'm not that lonely as I used to but I usually come here to just admire its beauty, the fine arts of architecture, It makes me feel like traveling through time. Traveling to the past in the late Spanish times and just admire the quaintness of it all, full of aesthetics, and timeless appeal. Admiring the Filipino culture and beliefs and knowing that it will always be a part of me because it's my identity. This was how it looked like before the damages from the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol last November 2013. Heartbreaking, I know.
Although I'm not an architecture major but I've always admired people who have a sense of art and creativity, what goes in their head, the visuals they see that eventually get immortalized through their drawings and works of art. Whenever I don't have classes, I would just bury myself in the library when my other friends have their classes and I love being in the library. A place of knowledge, a place where I can travel while just in my armchair or seat. It brings me places, widens my horizon and helps give me a new pair of eyes and a better perspective in life. I love place that give me inspiration. Aside from the library, this place also brings inspiration to me. I hope it will inspire you too.