Carmelite Monastery

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Carmelite Monastery featuring heritage architecture and religious aspects

Learn about the intriguing political history entwined with this renowned religious structure and listen to the soothing voices of nuns singing.

Visit the convent and chapel of the Carmelite Monastery, among the most iconic religious institutions of the city. It provided sanctuary to President Aquino in the second part of the 20th century and played an important role in the history of the Philippines.

Gaze up at the white arched façade with green borders and a blue rose window. A cross marks the center of the roof and various sculptures decorate the arches. Attend Mass and light a candle in the serene interior. Trees surround this humble and tranquil church, which provides refuge from the bustle of the city center.

Enter the chapel and admire the spacious nave and the stained-glass windows that flank the sides. With luck, you will arrive in time to hear the sweet tones of the nuns singing. Relax in the serene setting of the courtyard, which is decorated by trees and a central statue.

Arrive for the festivities of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in mid-July. Purchase snacks and refreshments from the hoards of vendors outside the site.

Note that the church was founded in 1949 and has an intriguing history. Hear how former president Corazon Aquino sought refuge here during the ESDA People Power Revolution.

Peruse items of a religious nature for sale in the shop run by the monastery. The displays include figurines, medical balms and snacks.

Mass takes place daily at dawn with additional services on Sundays. Get a glimpse of one of the weddings that take place here. Join the multitude of local families for traditional Christmas Mass. Many devotees donate fresh eggs to the residents of the monastery.

The Carmelite Monastery is in the eastern part of Cebu City in the province of Cebu. Locate the structure in the neighborhood of Mabolo, just east of the Ayala Center. Take a bus or jeepney to one of the many stops surrounding the attractions or drive and leave the car in a designated parking area nearby.

Top 10 Hotels Near Carmelite Monastery

Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM121 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in the heart of Cebu, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmelite Monastery and IEC Pavillon. Ayala Center and Cebu International Convention ...
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Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Waterfront ...
3.6/5 Good! (425 reviews)
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Harolds Hotel
Harolds Hotel
3.5 out of 5
146 Gorordo Ave Cor, Rosal St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM245 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, St Patrick’s Square and Cebu Business Park. ...
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Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM121 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Diamond Suites And Residences
Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
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Harolds Hotel
Harolds Hotel
3.5 out of 5
146 Gorordo Ave Cor, Rosal St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM245 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Radisson Blu Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM347 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
1 Salinas Drive Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Cebu
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St. Mark Hotel
St. Mark Hotel
3 out of 5
Queens Road, Redemptorist Plaza, Brgy, Camputhaw, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM220 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Reddoorz near Landers Superstore Cebu City
Reddoorz near Landers Superstore Cebu City
3 out of 5
828 New Era Street, Pope John Paul 2nd Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
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New Era Pension Inn Cebu
New Era Pension Inn Cebu
2.5 out of 5
Bldg 828 New Era St., Mabolo, Cebu
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Mabolo Garden Flat 1014
Mabolo Garden Flat 1014
2.5 out of 5
Tres Borces Padres Street, Cebu, Cebu
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