ok i know this post is sooo late err so early for next year but whatever, i just feel like posting my 1st bisita iglesia experience last holy friday. Yeah sa tinanda kong to nun lang ako nakapabisita iglesia... and now, i know the purpose of those tiny station of the cross posted in every church!!! hehehehe kala ko dati display lang yun mga un at required lang lahat ng simbahan maglagay ng ganun! toinks!!! pasensya na tao lang err pusa pala =)
i dont consider myself a religious person but i love churches even though they all look the same(especially old churches), actually my hard disk space is already full of church photos. anyways i'll just share with you the churches we visited at Batangas, yep we traveled the whole of batangas for the bisita iglesia (from lemery to lipa to nasugbu)
Station 1: Sta Teresita Church - Sta. Teresita, Batangas
of course our first station of the cross is the nearest to my cousins place, no photos of the church, i wasnt planning to take pictures but my cousins asked me to take some pictures
Station 2: Parokya ng Immaculada Concepcion, Mahal na Poong Krus - Bauan, Batangas
Church of Bauan - The Parish of Bauan was administered by the Augustinians from 1596 to the end of 19th century. The church built in the 18th century, remodeled and improved in the 19th century was destroyed by fire on July 13, 1928. The eminent botanist, Father Blanco, was pastor of this church from 1816 to 1828. The museum of natural history and the library of rare books collected by Father Bravo were destroyed during the insurrection of 1898.
according to inyag maring this church is like the twin church of that in Alitagtag (which we also visited), both church have the miraculous "mahal na poon" as its patron saint.
Station 3: San Pascual
Station 4: Basilika Menor ng Immaculada Concepcion
First erected under the supervision of Father Diego Mojica of Calapan, Mindoro on 1581 and was dedicated to the Immaculate Concepcion De Nuestra Señora. The first stone foundation was built on 1601, the parish priests built the 2nd the church between 1682-1721. In 1963, an artillery was added to help protect the church from corsairs. After 179 years, the church was rebuilt by Father Pedro Cuesta on 1851, the church celebrated its 100 years on 1957.
i love the facade of this church, but as ive said churches look the same
Station 5: Archdiocesan Glorious Cross - Batangas
this a pretty new church, just beside the SM Batangas
Station 6: San Jose Church - Batangas
this church was built around 1788, the foundation of this town formerly known as malaquing tubig dates back to 1765. the church was built by the famous botanist father blanco
when we got here we thought the church was closed coz the crowd were just outside the church, but then we found out that they're doing a senakulo. the church is quite big and impressive, reminds me of the taal church.
Station 7: San Vicente Ferrer - Banay Banay, Batangas
dont know much about this church, but we saw again those bikers doing their own bisita iglesia in this church
Station 8: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church - Lipa, Batangas
Built in 1948, famous for pilgrims and is known for the miraculous shower of petals to a visionary nun after world war ii
you can even write a wish or something and i think the nuns reply to your letter, they also have this beautiful image of the lady of mediatrix of all grace
Station 9: Lipa Cathedral, San Sebastian - Lipa, Batangas
the parish of lipa was administered by the augustinians from 1605 to the end of 19th century. lipa which was located near bombon lake was destroyed by the eruption of the taal volcano in 1754 but was reconstructed at the present site. this church was built under the supervision of Rev. Benito Varas, parish priest from 1865 to 1894. the diocese of lipa was created by pope pius x on april 10, 1910.
been passing this cathedral everytime we visit batangas but this is the first time i get inside the church and i'm impressed!
Station 10: San Isidro Labrador - Cuenca, Batangas
the church at the foot of the mountain were pilgrims usually hike up to visit the groto at the mountain during holy week, i think they call it banal na bundok, not sure though
Station 11: Mahal na Poon krus - Alitagtag, Batangas
i think we have tons of relatives who lives nearby this church, proof the lola with us saw a kamaganak when we visited the place, besides i distinctly remember this church as the source of those crucifix that most of my clan have, or most batangenos i think have this crucifix... i lost mine decades ago.
Station 12: Taal Church, basilica of saint martin de tours
Reputed to be the largest in Asia, Taal Church stands 96 meters long and 45 meters wide on a plateau in the heart of Taal. it was first erected on 1575 by father diego espina. The Augustinian Missionaries started construction in 1756, and it took a century for the church to achieve its present form. It was destroyed in the Taal volcano eruption in 1754, rebuilt in 1755 but the again destroyed by the earthquake in 1849. the present church was designed by architect luciano oliver in 1856
my favorite church! never fail to visit this whenever im at batangas
Station 13: San Roque - Lemery, Batangas
Station 14: Caleruega - Nasugbu, Batangas
this is a very beautiful place and if you want peace and solitude, a time to reflect... i highly recommend this place, though its much better to visit the place on an ordinary day, coz when we went there the place is sooo crowded. will do a separate post for this church (hmmm kelan naman kaya ako sipagin to post it hehehehe) i fyou want you can see more photos in my album, just click here)