The San Jose Church in Ivana

San Jose Church Ivana Batanes Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Espadana Wedding Priest Campanile Belltower Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship The San Jose Church is located in Ivana in Batanes Province. The church, officially known as San Jose de Ivana Church, was constructed in 1814 although its foundation dates back as early as 1795. Of all the churches in the province, San Jose is the only one that was not built in the traditional espadaña style. It has a crenellated fortress-like campanile or belltower that gives the appearance of a fortification. The San Jose Church fronts the Ivana Seaport and offers a commanding view of the sea and surrounding countryside due to its elevation. The San Jose Church is located 14 kilometers from Basco. Continue reading

The Tawang Stone Church La Trinidad

Tawang Stone Church La Trinidad Benguet Rock Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Wedding Priest Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship Congregation The Tawang Stone Church is located in La Trinidad in Benguet Province. The church structure was constructed mostly from rocks found in the region. The Anglican Mission in the Philippines runs the church with the members from the community. The location of Tawang Stone Church is ideal for a perfect view of the La Trinidad valley. The viewpoint area is also good for camping and picnic. The Tawang Stone Church is an emerging man-made attraction of the municipality of La Trinidad. La Trinidad is located just north of Baguio City and 215 kilometers northwest of Manila. Continue reading

The Trappist Monastery in Jordan

Trappist Monastery San Miguel Jordan Giumaras Enclave Cistersians Strict Observance Building Souvenire Shop Location Grounds Facility Visit Tour Guide History Construction Religion Products Jelly The Trappist Monastery is located in San Miguel, Jordan, in Giumaras province. Officially known as Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Monastery, it is a peaceful and sacred enclave in Guimaras (and in the Philippines) run by the order of Cistersians of the Strict Observance. These monks follow the rule of St. Benedict and are best known for the extreme austerity or strictness that characterizes their discipline. The monks earn a living by selling souvenir items and processed foods such as jellies, jams, candies, piyaya and more, which are sold in a small shop within the monastery grounds. All the products are from ingredients grown in the Trappist grounds. The Trappist Monastery is located in Bgy. San Miguel, Jordan Town in Guimaras. From Iloilo, Jordan, Guimaras can be reached by riding a pumpboat in Ortiz St., Iloilo City. Then from Jordan Continue reading

The Boac Cathedral in Marinduque

Boac Catheral Marinduque Immaculate Conception Monserrat Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Wedding Priest Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship The Boac Cathedral is located in Boac City in Marinduque Province. The Boac Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, is the oldest existing structure of Marinduque built in 1580. The earthquake-Baroque architecture was originally called Monserrat de Marinduque later renamed Immaculate Conception Church by Jesuits. Now officially called Boac Cathedral, the retablo main and side altars stand as major feature. Boac is the capital of the island province of Marinduque. It is located 155 kilometers southeast of Manila.

To get to Boac from Manila, take a JAC, Jam, Tritran, Lucena Lines or South Star Bus and take the Manila to Lucena Route. Specifically, choose buses that will take you to the Continue reading

The Church of Saint Louise in Lucban

Church Saint Louise Toulouse Lucban Quezon Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Wedding Priest Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship Congregation Toulouse is located in Lucban in Quezon Province. This particular church has had a history of destruction and reconstruction; The first edifice was built in 1593 but was destroyed in 1629. The second church was built between 1630 and 1640, but was burned down by a fire in 1733. The present church was completed in 1738 and its interiors in 1743. It, too, was damaged during World War II and the Philippine Historical Conservation Society completed its renovation in 1966. The church is surrounded by gardens and grottos, and are surrounded by old stone walls regarded locally as the “quince-quince”. Continue reading

The Agtalin Shrine in Pilar

Agtalin Shrine Dulangan Pilar Capiz Statue Blessed Virgin Mary Mountain Location Mass Schedule Time Visit Pilgrimmage Site Saturday History Construction Description Church Religion Idol Size Feet The Agtalin Shrine is located in Dulangan, Pilar in Capiz Province. Considered as one of the tallest religious icons in the country, the Agtalin Shrine is an 80 foot statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary atop a mountain.  Thousands of devotees attend mass here every first Saturday of the month. The International Marian Research Institute listed the Agtalin Shrine as a premier pilgrimage site. It is believed that some faithful with incurable diseases were healed by praying at the shrine. They have a mass in first Saturday of the month. Even though it is so tired before you look the whole body of Mama Mary but still other people they tried their best, yet because they have a good miracle for their dream, blessings and Continue reading

Roman Catholic Church in Atimonan Quezon

Roman Catholic Church Atimonan Quezon kapitan francisco location history construction architecture layout parish schedule mass wedding priest statue tour visit structure Building convent worship The Roman Catholic Church is located in Atimonan in Quezon Province. As the seat of the towns history, religion and culture, the church was constructed amidst great devastation caused by both man and nature. The first church was built in 1640 but was burned by the Dutch. A second church made of stone was built in 1643 but was partially destroyed by fire in 1648. The third church was rebuilt around 1683 and 1698 under Kapitan Francisco Katindig through hard labor but it was seriously damaged on August 30, 1937 by an earthquake and suffered additional destruction during World War II bombing of Atimonan. Today, additional renovation and restoration were made including the landscaping of the church plaza with the support of the people of Atimonan. Atimonan, Quezon is a coastal municipality located Continue reading

The Uhat Mission in Kiangan

Uhat Mission Site Kiangan Ifugao Bae Ambuwaya Lake Spanish Roman Catholic Church Father Jose Lorenzo History Construction Missionary Building Visit Tour Guide Worship Christianity Distance Kilometer The Uhat Mission is located in Kiangan in Ifugao Province. Uhat Mission is located between the village of Bae and Ambuwaya Lake; It was here that the first Spanish Roman Catholic mission was established in the Kiangan area by Father Jose Lorenzo in 1864. He was replaced in 1868 by Father Juan Villaverde when he was killed in Tuplac by a man named Bumidang. It marked the start of the attempt of the Spanish missionaries to colonize the Ifugao in Kiangan through religion. The Uhat Mission can be reached by taking a tricycle to Bae, and then hiking for a short distance. It can also be reached through a leisure walk of around 1 ½ kilometers. Continue reading

Calvario Hill in Iriga City

Calvario Hill San Francisco Iriga City Camarines Sur Bicol Emerald Grotto Lady Lourdes Asuang Location History Elevation Pagtanggal Iriga Folklore Passion Christ Ermita Mission Chapel Location Info Calvario Hill is located in San Francisco, Iriga City in Camarines Sur Province. Calvario Hill is the site of Bicol‘s magnificent Emerald Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes. The Hill has been touted as being the habitat of the Asuang (witch), which is why the hill has been referred to as the “orno” or “oven”. As the result of the angelization of the area the hill became the site for staging “Pagtanggal”, the Iriga folk version of the re-enactment of the Passion of Christ, hence, the name “Calvario Hill”. The first “ermita” or mission chapel of Iriga during Spanish times was erected here as evidenced by religious artifacts unearthened in the site. Opposite the Ermita the Casino Espanol was erected, a favorite converging are for Spanish rulers. When the Americans came at the turn of the century, this was converted into a base for its cavalry forces. During the Continue reading

The Tanay Catholic Church in Rizal

Tanay Catholic Church Rizal San Ildefonso Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Wedding Priest Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship Congregation The Tanay Catholic Church, formally known as the San Ildefonso Parish Church, is located in Tanay, Rizal Province. The Tanay Church was first built in 1606 and was originally constructed of nipa and bamboo. The current structure, made of locally quarried stone, was completed in 1680. In 1783, it was reconstructed together with the convent. The church is an example of early Renaissance architecture. It has a four-story octagonal tower, a façade of adobe blocks, relieved by columns and semicircular arched windows. Its podium is adorned by a niche with a statue of San Ildefonso de Toledo. A convent and a courtyard connect the church to the Catholic school managed by the Diocese of Antipolo. Within are ornate altars with statues of saints. Finely carved, the 200 year-old Stations of the Cross add luster to the antiquity of the Continue reading