the whole town of Bacolor Pampanga was buried with lahar flowing from Mt. Pinatubo. that was 1991 (not 1995 as posted before) when Mt. Pinatubo exploded and damaged its surrounding provinces that includes Pampanga. among the biggest damage was the town of Bacolor which used to be Pampanga's capital town. after the construction of the mega dike which was used to divert the pyroclastic mudflow from the town. but it was quite late to save the town which was already covered with lahar. the highway was reconstructed years after the eruption.the San Guillermo church was partly saved from the volcano's wrath. half of the church's height was buried leaving only six meters of its original structure.the church now seems small from its original high flooring style. the floor was filled with lahar making it impossible impossible for them to remove it. so the church was refurbished the best way they can.what used to have long beautiful chandeliers now has simple chandeliers hanging on wood bars of the church's ceiling.
on one side of the church, you will still see the damages. on this area, the church placed old photos of what the church used to look like.
what remained from the church's doors are its lintels and its iron jam, which are now at floor level.
the church is now popular being one of the structures that survived the eruption. houses around the church did not escape from the damages. but more houses were now rebuilt and is more beautiful.this was just a side trip from my main destination, to a village of people who were affected the most from the eruption.how to get there:
>from Manila: ride a bus in Metro Manila going to Olongapo or Bataan. tell the bus conductor to drop you off at San Guillermo church in Bacolor. from the highway, you can either ride a tricycle or just walk as it is just meters away from the highway. travel time from Manila to Bacolor can vary depending on the traffic along EDSA. trip from Balintawak exit to Bacolor is just 45minutes along NLEX and exit to San Fernando going Olongapo/Bataan route.