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Monday, January 31, 2011


Finally, a travel tour company with a heart!!!! When I heard of ILLUNINATI TOURS, I already knew this has something to do with churches. Just like the classic Dan Brown novels, it made me thrilled. I have grown fascinated of Philippine churches years ago and has always felt a lot of effort is needed  to restore them in their original glory. So when I got an invitation from fellow blogger Joel Aldor ---no less than the business owner/ partner of the tour company--- I immediately said yes. I believe in the cause......

blogger-businessman Joel Aldor of Illuminati tours

ILLUMINATI TRAVEL and Tours Philippines aims to promote our country in a new perspective, shedding enlightenment and re-awakening our sense of history and appreciation of arts, culture, food and heritage of the Philippines, ultimately giving people a different and happy travelling experience.

Some might dismiss that this is just another business, another travel company. But Illuminati is different. It all starts with educating the people. To make them see how rich our cultural heritage is, to make them appreciate how beautiful our churches are, for them to develop a liking in their preservation, to educate them on how to do so is a tool powerful enough to start change.

As part of the GRAND LAUNCH, we were given a rare glimpse of San Sebastian Church also known as Basilica Minore de San Sebasti├ín

colegio san sebastian

The church was completed in 1891 and is under the care of The Order of the Agustinian Recollects who also operate San Sebastian College adjacent to the basilica. It is located at Plaza del C├írmen, at the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Street, Quiapo Manila. 

I always pass by the area and I am aware of the church but last saturday was my first time to enter it and I was really surprised about its interior.

san sebastian church
stained glass_church
stained glass window of San Sebastian Church

San Sebastian Church is considered the first prefabricated building in the world, and more plausibly claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the tentative list   for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. 

Joel Aldor himself , along with some representatives from the church gave us a lecture at the start of the tour where they spoke of the ongoing effort to rehabilitate the church......

joel aldor_blogger

As part of the launch,we were given a tour around the church. We even got to see The UPPER FLOORS, something that is not afforded to most people. I was skeptical at first to believe that the church is in need of renovation but when we saw it from the inside, I got convinced that much is to be done to save it from decay. These tours really open our eyes to realities.


As I said, I admire the company's mission and vision. The time for Filipinos to learn and appreciate our heritage. To provide world class tours and educate people about the importance of our heritage. I wish the company well.

here are the tours they offer:

.....congratulations Joel Aldor and Andrew Jay Rollon for the grand and successful launch!!!

more on the website:


  1. sorry I had to repost--as the title was wrong---

    having done so---I wanna indicate the 2 existing comments.


    Pinay Travel Junkie said...
    Great shots Anton! Spectacular church, can't get over it!

  2. Ako si Yow said...
    Ang gaganda. Naalala ko nung minsang may pinuntahan kaming church na uber old na di ko din maalala name, kinilabutan me kasi may nakalibing daw na ewan dun. Haha. Wala lang..

  3. Congratulation. Ang ganda ng mission nila :) sana mas marami pang mga ganyan na tour co.

  4. galing! btw question lang, anong effects gamit mo sa PS?

  5. wah... ganda at nakaka mangha... ^_^ ganda tagala sa church ng stained glass :)

  6. WOW.. ang ganda ng mga shot parang ang sarap tuloy magphotowalk ngaun feb :D

  7. i commend Joel for his passion and dedication. this is a great idea to spark enthusiasm and interest for our beautiful churches! sayang, wasn't able to go during the launch!

  8. what the heck?? ung floor checkered?? and Illuminati b tlga?? dba meaning nun is a group of people who are anti-christ .. sorry ah .. pero kalokohan b to?? wag nyo nang ipalaganap ang illuminati, my mganda ngang idudulot pero d mgttgal mggng kbligtran din yang mgandang dinudulot n yan ..

  9. anti-christ ang illuminati di ba?

  10. Illuminati are not anti-christ but they are the followers of satan. This is one of the most powerful fraternal group or secret society who aims to have a new world order. This group was controlled by some of people who are rich and powerful. If you wanna know anything

  11. Illuminati is a fraternal group and a secret society who ruled by some famous people; rich people; and powerful people

  12. There are some interesting points on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity however I will take hold an opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more!

  13. ahh. anuba.. nagulohan na aku,, anu ba ebig sabehin nang illuminati.. may nun teacher ku. sabe nela.. they are worshiping satan.. Oh my gaga..

  14. Isa po akong conspiracy guy ....illuminati sinung nakaisip nyan group of anti-christ yan...i google nyo..

  15. So when I got an invitation from fellow blogger Joel Aldor ---no less than the business owner/ partner of the tour company--- I immediately said yes. I believe in the cause......limo maui


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