This Historic Church Is a Showcase of Filipino Artistry

It's the country's only all-steel church.


( The 126-year-old San Sebastian Basilica is virtually a gallery that showcases the Filipino's talent in the visual arts. It has three types of paintings: faux marble on the walls, faux jasper in the ceiling, and more than 140 figures all hand-painted by college students at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura—the country's first art school. But now rust and corrosion are slowly eating away the steel. Here's why the on-going restoration by the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation is a painstaking but necessary process.


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