Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Marinduque: Churches old and beautiful

People who know me know I have this penchant for churches. specifically old churches. Maybe it's because it's an earthly connection to the Divine. Maybe it's because the stones, the glass, the wood all have been witness to decades, nay, centuries of history. We found some in our very short trip to Marinduque but some are relatively new or renovated not quite to their old glory. So I'm choosing three from several we encountered along the way.
The church in Boac, according to Wikipilipinas, was built in 1792. Its patron is the Holy Mother of Mercy. The church has historical significance; for one, the locals believed their patron saint rescued them from the Moro attack in the 18th century. The Katipunan flag was also blessed in this church in 1899.

The church is beautifully detailed, from the intricately-carved doors... ...to the massive buttresses that call to mind those of another historical church, the one in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.The overcast conditions on our first day only gave me little impetus to shoot two of the churches we passed on our circuitous route from Torrijos to Gasan.The church in Santa Cruz is massive and magnificent. built in 1714, we find it impressive even in the very overcast conditions.t he brickwork looked solid and ready to withstand another century. incidentally, the locals look forward to celebrating 400 years of the town's Christianization this coming summer.

The other church that caught our eyes was the church of St. Ignatius in Torrijos. It wasn't the old church i really love to hang around in but we found the architecture different and interesting with a brick middle structure that sharply contrasts with the rest of the facade.We weren't able to take shots of the churches' respective altars as we came on a weekend and curiously, there were a succession of funeral rites in every church we went to. As humble photographers, we said our prayers, quickly exited and left the locals to their peace.  If you're looking to travel for cheaper, try looking at these coupons and discounts for Expedia!

12 comments:

Allan Barredo said...

I love that shot of the door. you were able to take photos of the altar of the church in boac, di ba bai?

my fave shot of the church series would be the one where you were getting intimate with the bell. But i guess it would never see the light of day hehehe

lagal[og] said...

onga no bai? pero di ko na lang ipost kasi hindi balanced dahil wala akong kuha dun sa iba.

u bet bai, that shot will never see the light of day :D

Lawstude said...

your title said it all. these churches are indeed old and beautiful. thanks for sharing og.

aquamarine said...

always great shots,in whatever perspective..good job!

Erick said...

ganda ng boac church.

gusto ko rin yung details ng door.

lagal[og] said...

oman, i think you will love their churches as well.

aquamarine, thanks thanks!

erick, napaka-intricate nung boac church details. you would have a blast shooting them :D

Sidney said...

Great collection of old churches... and nice details of the door of the Church in Boac.
Nice composition with the view of the courtyard.

lba said...

that church in boac is beautiful. i love how your photo and your post tells a lot about the history behind the walls of the old church....

just dropping by to say hi.....
Lori

my gulch said...

ganda ng symmetry and balance ng second shot! kita pa yung details sa labas with overexposing it. galing, galing. i also love churches, not because i am religious but because it tells a lot about the past. the older is the church, the better.

lagal[og] said...

hi sidney, i sort of found the arching doorway a nice pattern to mirror the door which opens inwards. would have loved to have a blue sky out there but i guess i'll have to be happy with the somewhat overcast sky :D

hi lori, great to hear from you again. dalaw ka mas madalas!

hi rayts, that's also my philosophy - the older the church, the better, mas may history, mas may stories. for the door, i really metered for the door kasi i felt mas may istorya doon than the overcast and featureless sky. salamat for dropping by again and again :D

Farl said...

marinduque is a dream destination. will never know if I'll get there but your photos and stories will suffice for now.

crestaola said...

Thanks for the picture of the Boac church. My grandmother must have been baptized here, and her birthday was the feast of Our Lady of Mercy.

I hope I get the chance to visit Marinduque soon. Beautiful pictures, thank you!

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