Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Waiting out the rains, staying indoors and marveling at St. James Church in Dapitan

It was a hot and sunny day when we boarded a bus in Zamboanga City heading for Dipolog at midday. The winding Lobregat highway made the bus ride a smooth if very long trip. It didn't help that the bus we rode made several nearly hour-long stops, stretching our southernmost-to-northernmost Zamboanga journey to over nine hours. Along the way, the weather turned overcast, then inclement.The rains continued well into the next day when we decided to venture to Dapitan in lieu of exploring its twin city, Dipolog. We found some very spacious, cozy and very reasonably-priced loading in Monina's pension house tucked along the strip of Dapitan's Sunset Boulevard. The precipitation, however, left us with little inclination to go around and shoot so we settled on exploring the St. James Church. I've seen images of this charming church on the internet and found it intriguingly-designed to say the least.Our national hero, Jose Rizal, went to mass in this very same church every Sunday while in exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896. The marker at the back of the church marks the spot where Rizal always stood. Standing on the same spot, one gets the somber feeling of history pulsing through the air, permeating the old walls, the chipped columns, the floor tiles faded by the footsteps of millions of feet.

We said our prayers, observed the few devotees filing in for the afternoon novena, and respectfully stowed away our cameras and tripods. The rains have abated somewhat as we stepped out into the overcast remains of the day.

9 comments:

estan said...

there are many old houses in dapitan which is also a good option to explore as well as the market for typical Mindanao food.

The ceiling is indeed beautiful. And so are the ones in Jimenez in Misamis Occidental and Jasaan in Misamis Oriental.

Photo Cache said...

that ceiling is truly eyecatching. and very unique, imho.

the donG said...

this reminded me of my high school days when we joined the centennial boy scout jamboree in dapitan.

galing ng kuha mo sa ceiling oggie.

Ferdz said...

Parang kelan lang tong trip na to. Hehe. Imprssed din ako sa Ceiling. Medyo nakakahilo nga lang tignan ng matagal pero maganda sya.

Lantaw said...

beautiful church bai, well preserved ba?

lino said...

astig ang ceiling ah... nice pattern... para nga lang hypnotic ang pattern, hehehe... nice one ogs...

Lawstude said...

i just love the second pic. galing talaga idol.

lagal[og] said...

estan, we only had a day to spare bai kaya we wasn't able to explore much, tas sobrang lakas pa ng ulan. will take note of your suggestions for next time. worth it balikan ang dapitan.

photo cache, thanks thanks. ganda talaga nitong ceiling detail and of course, the church's history

dom, salamat bro.

wulfamigo, sinabi mo pa. para siyang me optical illusion of movement that may make some people queasy :)

allan, well-preserved naman siya bai. simpleng simbahan except for that eyecatching ceiling.

lino, i agree, staring at the ceiling sort of makes the pattern move :D

oman, thanks bro. sino'ng idol? :D

paoruiz said...

ang ganda nung ceiling nung church. there are only a foew of them, i think, if not one of a kind yan sa pinas. =)

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