Monday, July 14, 2008

buried memories - bacolor

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.

47 comments:

redlan said...

ito na. hehehe. tumutubo na ang mga damu no?

ganda ng church buti na lang hindi masyado na apektuhan at naayos agad. 1995 tagal na pala pero nakatatak pa rin sa ating isipan ang nangyari. Minsan naitanong ko sa sarili ko kung bakit may nangyayaring masama o trahedya sa buhay. sana hindi na mangyari at hindi ganu katindi.

Selerines said...

Nice photos... Is it dam really? It seems to be some what dry right? Good work dude...

SandyCarlson said...

That's quite a story. What a beautiful church, inside and out. What a sacred place.

the donG said...

>redlan, oo tumutubo na nga ulit ang mga damo pero wala pa ring kahoy. yung mga ganyang trahedya ay natural talaga. hindi lang naman sa atin nangyayari.

pero ngayon dami na ring benefit ng pagsabog ng pinatubo. mga materyal na pangsemento, ang tourism sa pinatubo crater at iba pa. nung nakita namin ang crater, ang ganda talaga.

>selerines, it's a dike.

>hi sandy, thanks.

Aracir said...

buti naman ginagamit pa rin ang simbahan...ganda!

tina said...

at least houses are being rebuilt and that church sure is something...

Abou said...

sana maka apak din ako sa lugar na yan

yun lang po


.

Pietro said...

Very interesting and nice views.
I hope the church will be completely rebuilt, if it's possible.

the donG said...

>hi aracir, yes. nagagamit pa rin pero maliit na ang space.

>hi tina, yes. houses are better this time. you'll see that the place has improved.

>abou, oo. makaapak ka din dyan. hindi naman ganun kalayo yan sa manila.

>pietro, it has been 13years now but the development is at slow pace. though it has been better since i last visited it.

L.Reis said...

You make quite extraordinary documentary works...if I ever go to that part of the world I won't forget your stories...

gibo said...

i love these pics.

quinttarantino said...

Tragic but even so allowing a story worth reading.

Shawie said...

oh wow! that's really sad but at least, a remnant of the past is there to visit...
I remembered when we had our field trip way back 1997 to Baguio- we passed the affected places- it was so dusty & all you can see were just the roof of the houses that were buried, really sad scenery:(

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

This is really fascinating. I remember watching the TV when Pinatubo erupted. It's difficult when natural disasters strike, but man is resilient and somehow makes it through, and eventually the earth heals itself, too. Different, but still beautiful. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the church - beautiful inside and outside.

TENTAY™ said...

Hey!!! taga pampanga ako!!! waw grabe. malapit lang samin yan bacolor. and I'm from San Fernando.. di natabunan ng lahar (thankfully) nakakatakot talga yan dati. bata palang ako.. dati nagsisimba pa kami jan sa bacolor church!!

Photo Cache said...

Dong, paki clarify nga, I think it was earlier than 1995 that the pinatubo first erupted. But Bacolor was buried on subsequent eruptions and lahar flow?

Kakatakot talaga yang lahar flow. It's nice to see that somehow, in someway, life is moving on.

Earvin said...

Galing talaga ng pics mo Kuya Dong. Siguro pag tapos na akong mag-aral mas marami na akong oras mag-roadtrip. Wehehe.

the donG said...

>l.reis, thanks a lot. that would e great!

>gibo, thank you!

>shawie, right. it was during those times when you can really see the effects and the people hardly recovering from such tragedy.

>sandpiper, i strongly agree on that. earth heals itself. because looking at mt. pinatubo today, it's simply beautiful.

>hi tentay, galing! i was actually thinking of someone who can share their experience. thanks for dropping by.

lapit nga talaga to sa san fernando. buti na lang talaga at hindi natabunan ang bayan nyo. ayos at nakita mo pa pala itong simbahana nung buo pa sya.

>photocache, tama. it's in June 1991. i'll edit that part. thanks for the correction, i appreciate that.

yes. kakatakot talaga at buti na lang kahit papaano may mga bayan din sa pampanga na hindi dinaanan ng lahar.

pero ngayon maganda na ulit medyo maiinit nga lang talaga dahil nag aabsorve ng init ang ash.

>earvin, tama ka dyan! siguradong magagawa mo to pag nagtatrabaho ka na. perfect pa sa course mo na geography.

Emily said...

More amazing pictures of incredible locations. My question is: How do you have the time or money to enjoy so many places?
By the way, I'm so flattered that you visit my blog while you have dozens of other friends... oh, and did you re-visit my "Spinach" post?

atticus said...

ganda ng church. laging baha noon sa bacolor dahil sa pinatubo ashes.

ang nakakainis, nasalanta na ang pampanga, ninakawan pa ng mga politikong nakinabang sa pera ng mt. pinatubo commission.

teka, taga-pampanga rin ang mga suspek. naalala mo sila? hehe.

eastcoastlife said...

I love the old buildings ... it is sad to see this.

Dakilang Islander said...

isa sa mga survivor pag may mga calamities na ganito ay ang simbahan talaga...pero safe pa kaya 'to

the donG said...

>hi emily, nice question. i usually have another business there and these trips are my side trips to these places. but not all, i also travel just for the sake of traveling.

i enjoy visiting blogs. you get to know something about the person through their blogs.

i'll visit your spinach posts. i remember that.

>hi atticus, tama. dami nga sana talagang perang makukuha doon pero dahil dami ngang magnanakaw, ayon sila ang kumikita na sana'y napupunta sa mga taga pampanga. oo taga doon dina ang suspect. kakalungkot.

>hi eastcoastlife, it was damaged but at least it was recovered partially.

>dakilang islander, oo safe pa naman. kaya lang hindi na nga lang sya ganun ka laki dahil inayos na rin ang ibang parte nito.

BlogusVox said...

Naalala ko tuloy my hometown na binaha nang putik during the typhoon Frank. But what we experienced is nothing compared to what Pampanga suffered. At least after the mudflow, our house still stands while their's is buried under the lahar.

Luke said...

Beautiful location! very nice!

Nanaybelen said...

tina-tapik tapik tayo ng Diyos daw sa mga kasalanan natin kaya ganyan na ang nangyayari.

After da exile ni Pres. Marcos noon ay linindol ang Laoag at Ilocos Norte. Halos daw magiba yung pinakamaganda at pinakalumang simbahan.May mga kwento ay dahil sa mga kasalanan ni Marcos sa mga Filipino. Pero after a years naman ay narepair na at napakaganda parin. nakita ko nga sa post ni lawstude- perfect na perfect ulit.

the donG said...

>blogusvox, oo nga. pero grabe din ang damage sa aklana at iloilo. taga iloilo ka pala?

>luke, thanks!

>hi nanay belen, basta lahat naman ng nangyayari ay may kadahilanan. oo nga . kung minsan nga tinatapik tapik lang talaga tayo.

Napaboaniya said...

Old church but still with a very peaceful feel to it :)

me said...

never been to the north, the northest i've been was on bulacan.. he he eh... makakatapak rin ako sa mga lugar na 'to bro, thanks for sharing... ganda talaga ng pinas, astig!

BlogusVox said...

donG, I'm from Kalibo, Aklan. Oo grabe ang damage. I've seen pics my sister sent me. I can't recognized the place because of the destruction caused by the mudflow.

the donG said...

>hi napaboaniya, yes. it's a peaceful place now.

>mangyan, salamat! maganda talaga ang pinas. oo nga. masyado pang malapit ang bulacan. ngayon mas madali ng bumyahe kasi maganda na ang NLEX. makakapunta ka rin doon.

>blogusvox, kahit papaano nakatulong din kami kasi nagpasa ng donation sa community namin para sa mga nasalanta doon. pero buti na rin at walang nangyari sa pamilya mo.

Joshua said...

its like the church below Mt. Mayon..

The Islander said...

maybe Kapampangans should start making an innovation to their style of houses... a house with a long ceiling perhaps in anticipation of the next wrath. my bad!

pero who knows.. everything is recurrent.

acey said...

wow, nice. thanks for sharing, kuya d. always wanted to see this part of the country!

the donG said...

>joshua, yes it is. but this one survived from the mudflows.

>islander, right! but i think the next major eruption from Mt. Pinautubo will happen again after several years. but being proactive is still the best solution.

>hi acey, thanks for joining me on this journey!

eye in the sky said...

i recently realized i like taking photos of churches... and your shots of the church is beautiful.

eye in the sky said...

... shots "are"...hehe ...wrong mistake. kainis. :->

Steven and Aisha said...

Wow! I never knew what happened after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. This is really good to know.

equilibrium2008 said...

I had a chance to visit Pampanga and see their Kutod, it was posted in my blog as well. They have nice churches here where we had our Visita Iglesia.

the donG said...

>eye, really? im looking forward to see those church shots.

>hi aisha, yes. bacolor used to be pampanga's capital town but since it was covered with lahar, the capital city is now san fernando.

>hi equi, yes. very beautiful churches here and traditions every holy week. it's good that you've seen the churches.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

malapit lang sa bulacan yan,dati nung time na nagsasaka kami sa norzagaray bulacan ang taga tabas samin ng palay yung mga kapangpangan,tawid lang sa kanto pampanga na.pero ngayon nawala na yung palayan hindi dahil sa pagputok ng pinatubo,kundi dahil sa ginawang subdivision..sayang nga eh,di na tuloy dun nakakatawid kasi naharangan na.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

pre pwede ba lika ilink?

salamat!

Heart of Rachel said...

Great photos. It's really sad what happened to Pampanga. I'm glad that they have recovered and made most of what was left of the structures.

TheScud said...

hey dong! its weird calling you that when your "real" nick rhymes with your "online" nick haha. i was reading through the comments from panaderos' last weblog and saw your name. the world is really getting smaller. :-)

this was the setting in the Cinemalaya indie hit Jay. Too bad you were in Baguio when I watched this.

now you probably know who i am. hehe.

Jaki said...

hi dom, Cinemalaya is being shown here in diliman and one of the entries I've seen was Jay, this year's winner for Best Film. It was set in Pampanga so there are scenes which featured the church in your post. made me connect to the movie more kasi i saw it here first. thanks.

Toe said...

Beautiful church Dong! And very interesting story about it. So I guess if they kept the old chandeliers,sasayad sa sahig no?

the donG said...

>ever, oo nga. dumadami nga ang mga subdivision sa pampanga. dyan na kasi ang extension ng metro manila. masyado ng accessible.

na add na kita sa blogroll. salamat!

>hi rachel, the way i see it, pampanga has already restored its town.

>scud, yes. i hope that i'll be able to join you soon. this august some weekend are still free. i decided to travel less because of the rainy season.

it's a small world after all. hehehe...

>hi jaki, oo nga daw. timing yata sa post ko.

>hi toe, maybe because i saw an old picture of what the church looks like before, and it has big beautiful chandeliers.

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