Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry – Manila Cathedral

The Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry stands proudly in the middle of Rufino J. Cardinal Santos Bell Garden located on the left side of Manila Cathedral Basilica. As the name implies it is dedicated to the memory of His Eminence Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, the second longest serving Archbishop of Manila. He served from 1974 to 2003. To the curious mind, Archbishop Michael J. O’Doherty, SEC outlasted him by four years (1916-1949).

Rufino J. Cardinal Santos Bell Garden

Rufino J. Cardinal Santos Bell Garden

The marker for Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry. Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry is located in Manila Cathedral.

The marker for Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry. Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry is located in Manila Cathedral.

The Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry is home to Seven Big Bells, the largest of which is probably the biggest bell in the Philippines. According to the marker found on the outside wall of the Ground Belfry structure, the Seven Big Bells were foundered by Friedrich Wilhelm Schilling, one of the best bell-founders in Germany after World War II. The Seven Big Bells were originally located in the Bell Tower Belfry, but were relocated to decrease the pressure on the Bell Tower Belfry. After all, the Seven Big Bells collectively weigh 17 tons. Recently, the Seven Big Bells rang the longest when Pope Francis visited Philippines. If my memory serves me right, they continuously made their holy sound for 12 minutes straight.

The biggest among the Seven Big Bells. It hangs low from the ceiling of the belfry.

The biggest among the Seven Big Bells. It hangs low from the ceiling of the belfry.

With one of the Seven Big Bells of Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry

With one of the Seven Big Bells of Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry

One of the six smaller bells of the Seven Big Bells.

One of the six smaller bells of the Seven Big Bells.

Pats and I having our enlightening moment under the bell.

Pats and I having our enlightening moment under the bell.

Aside from the Seven Big Bells, the Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry has other residents. One of which is the Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism. According to its marker, the MCB Tower Clock Mechanism goes with the Seven Big Bells in their previous home. Tower clock mechanism is used to sound the bells at exact times to signal the start of prayer. The MCB Tower Clock Mechanism has one clock face to show the time.

The Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

The Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

The marker of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

The marker of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

Almost glowing beside the Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

Almost glowing beside the Manila Cathedral-Basilica (MCB) Tower Clock Mechanism

Another occupant of Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry is the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop. The AVR Souvenir Shop is dedicated to Most Reverend Gabriel M. Reyes, D. D., the first Filipino Archbishop of Manila who served from 1949 to 1952. In reality, the AVR is just a huge TV screen that is supposed to show the history of Manila Cathedral.

The marker of the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop

The marker of the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop

The Souvenir Shop is a haven for Manila Cathedral visitors. It offers a wide array of religious products, from rosary beads to framed images of saints. It has well-crafted small and big images of Jesus Christ, Mama Mary and Filipino saints like Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod. Also, it has books and other literary pieces in Filipino, English, Spanish and Italian. The shop has friendly and helpful personnel.

Religious souvenirs available at Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop of Manila Cathedral.

Religious souvenirs available at Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop of Manila Cathedral.

Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Audio-Visual Room (AVR) Souvenir Shop of Manila Cathedral.

Images of Saint Pedro Calungsod and Saint Lorenzo Ruiz available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral.

Image of Jesus Christ available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral.

Image of Jesus Christ available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral.

Framed portrait of La Sagrada Familia available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral.

Framed portrait of La Sagrada Familia available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral.

Souvenir available at Manila Cathedral

Souvenir available at Manila Cathedral

A small bell for sale at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral

A small bell for sale at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral

Belen available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral

Belen available at the souvenir shop of Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral and Jaime L. Cardinal Sin Ground Belfry are fitting places to visit this Holy week.

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Thank you to Glenn for being accommodating. Thank you, Pats for taking the photos. 🙂

 

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