This church is one of the oldest church we have in the country. It was done in Baroque-style which is created by the Franciscans in the year 1500-1700. The famous T.V series “Kampanerang Kuba” used this place as one of their main setting/location. It was reconstructed last 1845 after the massive fire that partly destroyed its facade last 1781. The church is well maintained and many devoted can be seen here every Sunday. It also have a mini park and comfort rooms for men and women to use. It is just right after Nagcarlan Market where fresh and low price vegetables and fruits can be brought.
*I always visit the church every month because my dentist’s clinic is located near the place. 🙂
written by Jose Palma
Land of the morning
Child of the sun returning
With fervor burning
Thee do our souls adore.
Land dear and holy
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne’er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shore.
Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o’er the hills and seas
Do we behold the radiance, feel the throb, of glorious liberty.
Thy banner dear to all our hearts
Its sun and stars alight –
Oh, never shall its shining filled
Be dimmed by tyrant’s might!
Beautiful and land of love, O land of light,
In thine embrace ’tis rapture to lie,
But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged,
For us thy sons, to suffer and die.
People are not usually aware that December 25th is not the actual birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, most historians believe he was likely born in the spring because of the Bible’s description of shepherds herding animals.
It was in the 4th Century, when the Roman Catholic Church decided to recognize Jesus’ birth as an official holiday. Pope Julius I chose December 25th for the “Feast of Nativity.” Now Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in most countries of the world, even in many whose populations are not majority Christian.
Philippines is one of the predominantly catholic country in Asia. So Filipinos has a lot of known traditions and cultures in uniquely celebrating Christmas holidays.
Traditional Christmas here in the Philippines are:
- “Simbang gabi” or mass of the rooster
– a mass held before dawn that starts on December 16 up to the nine-day novena.
- Parol or star lanterns
– customized star lanterns that are commonly made from bamboo sticks.
- the Noche Buena
– a family feasts that takes place after midnight. It is an open house celebration for Filipino after attending “simbang gabi”.
– a group of singers that visit houses with musical instruments to serenade. Carolers must have different and unique strategies to stand out in a crowd. Money are given to them after they serenade.
– This is a re-enactment of the Holy Couple’s journey to Bethlehem and portrays the lack of hospitality they encountered along the way.
Philippines is a truly unique and full cultured country. I am glad to be born here. 🙂