Many Filipinos take the opportunity to relax or travel during Holy Week. But for us Catholics, this season gives us time to reflect and do penance through religious activities like singing the Pasyon (narrating life, passion, death, and resurrection of Christ), Station of the Cross, and Visita Iglesia to name a few.
Our family, as a devout Catholic, makes it a point to visit various churches during Holy Week as a religious observance. Last time we visited seven old churches in Cavite while reciting the Station of the Cross. These churches are not only centuries-old but also played an important role in our history.
Here are the list of 7 old churches in Cavite for Visita Iglesia 2019
1. Saint Michael the Archaengel Church in Bacoor City
The parish of St. Michael the Archangel was created as a separate parish from Kawit on January 18, 1792 by virtue of the Royal Cedula issued by Ferdinand VI, King of Spain, to the Spanish Governor General in the Philippines. It was established in 1669 and was constructed using bamboos, straws and nipa leaves. It was during the term of Fr. Mariano Gomes from 1824 to 1872 (48 years ) that the church, known once as the oldest church in Cavite, was renovated with the present architectural structure made of adobe and tegula. Unequipped with modern-day concrete cement mix, thousands of duck egg whites were utilized to bond the huge boulders of adobe. Source: City Government of Bacoor.
2. Our Lady of the Pillars Parish in Imus City
Founded in 1795 as parochial church by Augustinian Recollect priests under the patronage of Nuestra Senora del Pilar and St. John the Baptist and by the administration of Fr. Francisco de Santiago, OAR as its first parish priest.
Also known as Imus Cathedral, is a must on the list because of this baroque style church with vintage religious relics, large chandeliers hanging on the ceiling, reminiscent of the Spanish era.
3.St. Francis of Assisi Church in General Trias
The Church altar is decorated with many ornately-carved statues of religious Catholic saints and personas mainly set upon a multi-tiered wooden carved platform. The church dates back to the Spanish period more than 300 years ago. The altar design is remarkably similar to the Silang Church.
4. St. Mary Magdalene in Kawit
The St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church is the oldest church in Kawit, Cavite. The Jesuits arrived in Cavite el Viejo in 1624. The first wooden church was constructed in 1638 with the help of six families from Silang and Maragondon. The corner stone of the current church was placed in 1737. In 1768, management of the church was transferred to secular clergy as a result of the expulsion of the Jesuits. It was transferred to the control of the Augustinian Recollects in 1849. President Emilio Aguinaldo was baptized in the church in 1869. His baptismal certificate is kept inside a glass cabinet on the left side of the baptistry. The church sustained major damage during the Philippine-American War. Source: Municipality of Kawit Tourism
During our visit, some of the neighborehood gave free snacks like champorado, pandesal and bottled water to the church goers.
5. Our Lady of the Candelaria in Silang
The church is large enough to accommodate a large number of churchgoers. The altar has an intricate design where a multi-level wooden platform with Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other saints of the Catholic Church installed. The church was said to have been constructed in 1585.
6. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Dasmarinas Cavite
Immaculate Conception Church was the Place where a bloody battle between the Spanish troops and Filipino troops occured. Many town residents were imprisoned, executed and buried during the Japanese occupation. Its convent was once the seat of the civil government. source: WOWCAVITE.com
7. St. John Nepamuceno in Alfonso
San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church is located in the poblacion or town center of the highland town of Alfonso. It became a town in 1859 and the church was established in 1861 where Rev. Fr. Jose Sta. Maria was the first parish priest of the town. It is one of the oldest churches in Cavite which is depicted in its architecture.
We hope this post will help you plan your Visita Iglesia this Lent in the province of Cavite
Thank you for reading!
God bless everyone!