In visiting the old Manila in Intramuros, the most prominent and majestic Church fronting that of Fort Santiago is the illustrious and grand Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila. It is the epicentre of the faith and the faithful in Roman Catholicism in the Philippines and rightly so, until today, it the center of grand and lavish weddings, epic funerals and promising baptism, also, political upheavals and the plotting of a new political era during the time of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Gone were those days now, though what remains is the sole witness of them all, the Manila Cathedral.
Today, the significant highlight of the cathedral apart from religion is the role of the center of the cross atop the naranja cupola or half-orange dome is where the reference point of the astronomical longitudes of the entire archipelago, the Philippines. This is the only structure in all of the Philippines that serves its unique place in astronomy and science. The dome was first introduced in the Cathedral in 1750 by Fray Juan de Uguccioni. Read more