Finding Faith in the City: There’s Now a Chapel in Uptown


Most of our malls today offer almost anything a shopper might look for—from international and local restaurants, to luxurious fashion outlets and conventional concept stores. While eat-and-shop is a constant leisure combination, there’s another aspect that’s redefining the modern lifestyle.

During regular days and holiday seasons, we see priests presiding a mass in a small chapel or an open area.  Instead of going to traditional churches, people can now attend masses after having lunch or before seeing the latest movie.

Likewise, aside from BPO towers and international concessionaires, there’s also a chapel that recently opened in Uptown Bonifacio.

Photo from Megaworld’s Project Integration and Development

Located at the fourth floor of Uptown Place Mall, St. Gabriel the Archangel Chapel is a perfect sanctuary for prayer and contemplation. Bearing the name St. Gabriel, who serves as a messenger of God to certain people, the chapel is a convenient avenue to preach the Good News right where the people are.

Photo by Karen de la Fuente of Rappler

Photo by Karen de la Fuente of Rappler

Before going to work, you can set aside some time in the morning to breathe a prayer. Or if you want to hear the Word after your day shift, mass is served at 6:00 P.M on weekdays and 6:30 P.M. every Saturday. Families who get together on Sundays can hear mass at noon, 5:00 or 6:30 P.M.

The chapel features a high ceiling and glass walls, with the roof resembling a bishop’s hat. Covering about 100 square meters of the mall’s open area, St. Gabriel has a seating capacity of 120 persons.

It’s true that prayer and devotion are personal acts and you can do them anywhere and anytime you want. But having a safe place to worship makes it a lot easier for us to be reminded of our faith.


Author: Kesiah Alvarez

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Kesiah is a Marketing Communications Associate for Megaworld at The Fort. She handles brand strategy, concept development, and media management. She is a graduate of BA Communication from Miriam College. Kesiah is also an avid fan of the local music scene and enjoys watching sci-fi and romcom movies.

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