Santuario de San Antonio (SSA) Parish Baptistry
3117 McKinley Rd., Forbes Park, Makati City
Telephone: (632) 843-8830 to 31
*note: this is a backpost from 2014
The SSA Baptistry in Forbes Park was not new to us. We had the Princess’ baptism here in 2010 so this was really our first choice for the Baby Ball’s baptism in 2014. It’s halfway between our families and friends from the north and south of Manila, has ample parking, is air-conditioned, has a very solemn environment, allows for solo baptisms and our own priest, and has its own function halls for the reception. All criteria, check.
Santuario de San Antonio’s requirements to secure a baptism slot are:
1. Photocopy of Birth Certificate (Civil Registry copy is accepted)
2. Permission letter from your respective parish (which is the nearest church where the family resides)
3. List of the complete names of godparents (maximum of 5 pairs)
4. Printed and filled-up Parish Baptism Form (which can be found in the parish website)
5. Baptismal fee/contribution of 4k
Reservation and payment is easy enough and Edna, admin staff who handled our transaction, is very pleasant to deal with. Office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. The admin office is closed on Sundays. Special baptisms and your own priest are allowed, just coordinate with Edna.
The Baptistry is a bit small but sets the atmosphere for a meaningful ceremony. I’m really thankful Fr. D was available to officiate the Baby Ball’s christening. He was mentor to the hubby in Don Bosco and has since been very close to the family. Fr. D also con-celebrated our wedding and baptized our daughter. Suki na kami!
However, on the day itself, I had to ask the church personnel pa to open the Baptistry after the mass right before our time slot. Buti nalang maaga kami. Plus, wala raw binigay na St. Peter’s candle ang parish office (supposedly part of the service). The manong just provided us with an ordinary white candle along with the other things the priest needed.
Tips when booking this supplier:
1. Have all the requirements with you when you go there to reserve, and call beforehand to know which slots are still open.
2. Arrive early, especially if you have the first slot. They keep the Baptistry locked, and it’ll be better if you get the A/C turned on before your party arrives.
3. As each slot is roughly 40min and the slots are one after the other, make sure you start and end on time. The party for the next slot was already waiting outside when we ended.
4. Call the admin office to remind them of your baptism slot, especially the candle the priest will use.