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Church History: Binondo Church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz was erected in 1596.

It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines, but over the centuries the original edifice has sustained considerable damage from earthquakes and other natural disasters. Today the octagonal bell tower is all that remains of the 16th century construction. Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (c.1600 Sept. 29, 1637), served at the convent of Binondo church as an altar boy. After a few years he earned the title of escribano and soon became a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. He was working as a clerk at the Binondo Church when he was falsely accused of killing a Spaniard in 1636. He sought asylum on board a ship with three Dominican priests. The boat landed at Okinawa and the group was arrested on basis of their Christian religion. They were tortured, but they did not denounce their faith and died as martyrs. Lorenzo Ruiz was beatified in Manila on Feb.18, 1981 by Pope John Paul II. He was canonized on Oct. 18, 1987. Church Profile: Name of Parish: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Nuestra Seora de Santisimo Rosario) Parish Priest / Rector: Reverend Monsignor Geronimo F. Reyes, JCD Guest Priest: Rev. Fr. Matthias Zhang Hai (Diocese of Macau - China) Rev. Fr. Louie Palines (Military Ordinate of the Philippines) Rev. Fr. Romel Cruz (Prelature of Batanes) Rev. Fr. Ramon Turingan Jr. (Prelature of Batanes) Additional Title: Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz Year of Elevation: 1987 Address: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, Manila (Arch)Diocese: Manila (Arch)Bishop: Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D. Vicariate: Sto. Nio Vicar Forane: Rev. Msgr. Geronimo Reyes, JCD Mainstream Ministry: Worship: Bro. William Tan-to Education: Sis. Leonie Aranda Social Services: Bro. Romy Ararao Youth: Bro. Romy Ararao