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 175 kilometers south of Manila. It is traversed by the Maharlika Highway, which extends up to Bicol Region that links the regional and provincial movements to Manila. Atimonan is located 173 kilometers (107 miles) southeast of Manila.