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 San Sebastian Cathedral is located at the heart of Tarlac City, across the Tarlac Plazuela, and at the end of Tañedo Street. It was once the venue of the commencement excercise of the Cientifico Literaria Universidad de Filipinas in 1899, when then-Honorable Emilio Aguinaldo was the president of the republic and of the university. Now, the cathedral is one that is frequently visited by pilgrims because of the exposed Blessed Sacrament housed in a chapel inside of it. Recently constructed inside is the cathedral’s baptistery. Continue reading
The Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral is located in Calbayog City in Samar Province. This is the most recognizable structure for all Calbayognons. Located at the heart of Calbayog City, the Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral (built in the 1850s; dedicated 1915) is considered as the biggest church (building) in Samar. Various renovations/repairs have stripped off some original features like the ornate chandeliers, the dormers, the frescoed ceiling and the pulpit. The present structure is a confluence of various architectural styles. But the Spanish influence is still exuded by the cruciform ground plan, the dome, the black and white tiles and especially the gold-leafed retablo with its intricate carvings and Antique images of saints. Continue reading
The Saint Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan, commonly known as the Tuguegarao Cathedral, is located on Gomez Street in Cagayan Province. This church is the seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The church with belfry is the biggest Spanish-built church in Cagayan Valley, constructed under the supervision of Fr. Antonio Lobato, OP on June 17, 1761 to 1767 (Cagayan Souvenir Program, 1968). The cathedral suffered massive destruction in WW II and was rebuilt by Msgr. Bishop Constance Jurgens. It is considered as one the of the most beautiful works of art in the country and the world today. Its picture appears at Rome Basilica. Entrance to the cathedral is located at the corner of Luna and Rizal Streets in Tuguegarao City. Continue reading
The Palo Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Palo, Leyte, and is 12 kilometers from Tacloban City. The Roman Catholic cathedral is the most imposing structure in Palo, dating to 1596, and a center of spiritual and cultural identity in the central Philippines. Founded by Augustinian friars, and built by Fr Alonso de Humanes, a Jesuit who came to the place when the region only had two houses, during the American period in World War 2, Palo Cathedral survived the American landing and was captured by the Americans that used it as a temporary hospital for injured Filipinos. The Palo Church features landscaped grounds; gold-plated altar and stations of the cross carved by local artist. Continue reading
The largest church in Bicol, the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is considered to be the mother of all cathedrals in the region. With its official name “Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist”, this cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in the Philippines. The original structure was built near the Naga River (the location of Naga’s bustling public market) but was destroyed by a strong earthquake in the 18th century. Every September, during the Peñafrancia Fiesta, the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is transferred to the Cathedral from the Basilica Minore, the image’s home, a religious event commonly referred to as “Traslacion”. Millions of devotees all over the globe flock to Naga for the nine-day novena before the image is returned to her home via the Naga River in the Fluvial Procession. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is Continue reading
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The Cathedral Falls are located at barangay Cathedral of Kapatagan in Lanao del Norte. It is 3 kilometer away from Tubod. A sight to behold its unique rock formations on three foregrounds. The rock formations resemble cathedral posts where it got its name. The Cathedral Falls is located just about 10-15 minutes away from the town center. You’ll be surprised to see the waterfalls just along the access road. You do not need to trek, hike a mountain or cross a river to see this waterfalls. Yes, it is that accessible. The waterfalls provides splendid viewing and photo opportunities to the visitors.