The first churches in the Philippines were constructed of flimsy, temporary materials such as nipa, bamboo, or wood, but the Spaniards started to build churches, houses, and fortifications in stone with the discovery of volcanic tuff quarries. In general, the majority of Philippine colonial churches were constructed of adobe, coral stone, or brick. The churches grew exponentially in size with these powerful building materials, and in times of raids or natural calamities, it became a sanctuary for the people in town.

There are several histories on how churches were built. Histories that are carried up until the new generation. There are questions on how church architecture differs from other specializations in architecture. How architecture in churches influences our culture and cultural beliefs.

ProsTalk, a weekly dose of educational episodes about construction and related industries, launches its first episode about Church Architecture in the Philippines.

Architect Lideson Joseph Mallari graced our first episode of ProsTalk this October with the topic about Church Architecture in the Philippines.

This is the episode on Youtube.

This episode of ProsTalk talked about how Architect Mallari was into Church Architecture since when he was a child, he was exposed to Church activities. He mentioned that it will be easier for you to take the path wherein you can use your capability and potential as a person. 


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A crucial element that needs to be handled in order to maintain a welcoming and relaxing environment for worshippers is church cooling.

The high ceilings that are typical in churches serve as the absorber of the heat. An air conditioning system must be very wide and oversized to compensate for the cubic size of the room.

Betis Church in Guagua, Pampanga

The difference of Church Architecture on other specializations in Architecture is the complexity and the restoration of the cultural and heritage structures that are being done by certain agencies. 


Sustainability is the one dilemma where there is a one-size-fits-all solution for Trilogy. Every house of worship it designs is designed to conserve energy and sparingly use materials, including, where possible, the incorporation of recycled items.

The greatest challenge being faced with all projects, regardless of project form, is the rapidly evolving world in which they are working. Now more than ever, rapid technological advances in materials and construction risk methods make the project of a customer obsolete before completion of construction. The organization will decide what systemic changes and adjustments to surface reflections will enhance the congregation's natural audio delivery.

Church Consideration in making a Church design compared to residential and commercial architecture?

History that is within the church architecture that is being preserved by architects who specializes in designing Churches. Architects who are taking this path as their career should take the history of the place as one of the main considerations before making some changes.

Check out Architect Lideson Mallari’s profile and be amazed on how he designs Churches. Visit our pool of professionals to see more of our collection.