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Monday, April 25, 2011

Isabela-Cagayan: CHURCHES

Travel Date: April 15-17, 2011

There are a lot of beautiful churches in Isabela and Cagayan provinces. We went to a few, and here they are:

San Pablo Church
Cabagan, Isabela

bell tower

As soon as I saw the facade of this church, I was in awe. It is said to be the oldest church in Isabela, being built in 1624. The beautiful architecture and structure of its facade is well preserved. It was disappointing, however, that once you step in, you see a modern-built church inside the compound, hiding behind the century-old facade and bell tower. I couldn't bring myself to take a photo of the actual church inside, as it creates a very different feel from what you see in front.

St. James the Great Church / Calvary Hills
Iguig, Isabela

Popular to churchgoers especially during Holy Week, the main attraction of this church is what's outside -- the Calvary Hills where life-sized Stations of the Cross are placed on rolling hills. It makes for a very contemplative setting -- communing with nature while praying.

rolling hills
Calvary Hills overlooking Cagayan River (in the background)
Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Station 2: Jesus Receives the Cross
Station 3: Jesus Falls the First Time
Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross

Station 6: Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face With Her Veil
Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time
Station 8: Jesus Meets the Daughters of Jerusalem
Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time
Station 10: Jesus Stripped of His Garments
Station 11: Crucifixion
Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Station 13: Jesus' Body is Removed from the Cross
Station 14: Resurrection

Our Lady of Piat Church
Piat, Cagayan

Palm Sunday at Our Lady of Piat
Covered in red brick, Our Lady of Piat Church is an important church for the locals of Cagayan Valley and pilgrims alike. As I looked around the stained glass walls, I saw the illustrations of how Our Lady of Piat saved the people from different natural and fortuitous events throughout history.

Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation
Gamu, Isabela

beautiful dome near the altar
Popular to pilgrims in the month of July during its feast day, the shrine houses the Miraculous Lady of the Visitation who grants prayers of its devotees.

There are still a lot of other beautiful churches in the north that are worth visiting next time. These are architectural marvels that are centuries-old, surviving wars, calamities and disasters.

See Also:

Isabela-Cagayan: Road Trip, Food Trip, Laugh Trip

Isabela-Cagayan: CALLAO CAVE


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