First established by Spanish Augustinians in the end of the 16th century. St. Augustine’s Church maintains the tradition of organizing one of the most popular processions through the city, the Easter Procession, involving thousands of devotees.
The church has a neoclassical front which contrasts with the elaborate decoration of the interior nave, chancel and service area. It’s painted in bright yellow both on the outside and the inside.
In times past, during heavy rain, the priests used to reinforce the rooftop with fan palm leaves. Seen from afar, these leaves appeared to be dragon’s whiskers floating in the wind, hence the local Chinese named it Long Song Miu (Temple of the Long-whiskered Dragon).