Refurbishment of Garden of the Way of the Cross, Magallanes Church

St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church
Humabon Place, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Parish Priest:  Monsignor Claro "Matt" Garcia
Landscape Architect:  Cecile Herras Tence, PALA

At St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church, also known as Magallanes Church, in Magallanes Village, Makati, one finds the Garden of the Way of the Cross, designed by National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso P. Santos during the tenure of Monsignor Ernesto Cruz. Dedicated on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2002, the garden contains 14 Stations of the Cross, each the work of a leading sculptor such as Napoleon Abueva, Ramon Orlina, the Imao and Arcilla brothers, or Solomon Saprid. 

The goal of this present retrofit project is to protect the sculpture. 

Glass canopies will shield them from rain and falling branches. A running stream, one meter wide, will separate the sculpture from a reaching hand, without blocking the view. A wall of black java will help secure the garden and minimize the noise coming from the highway, underscoring the goal of encouraging prayer and contemplation in this spiritual exercise originated by St. Alphonsus.   New iron gates suggest welcoming hands, expressing the welcome that the parish extends to those who visit the garden as well as suggesting the acceptance and welcome with which Christ responds to His fate.

Landscape Architect Cecile Herras Tence assisted IP Santos with the project in 2002 and will restore the planting back to its original tropical lushness.

Station, and Sculptor

I.          LAST SUPPER, by Napoleon Abueva
II.         AGONY IN THE GARDEN, by Abdulmari “Toym” Imao
III.       JESUS IS CONDEMNED, by Ros Arcilla
IV.        CROWNING WITH THORNS, by Raphael Arcilla
V.         JESUS CARRIES THE CROSS, by Tito Sanchez
VI.        JESUS FALLS, by Jose Mendoza

IX.        JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS, by Francisco Verano
X.         JESUS FORGIVES A THIEF AT THE CROSS, by Priscillano “Jun” Vicaldo Jr.
XI.        MARY AND JOHN AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS, by Solomon Saprid
XII.      JESUS DIES, by Eduardo Castrillo
XIII.     JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB, by Antonio Mondejar
XIV.     RESURRECTION, by Dominic Galicia

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