from the Dalton Pass in Sta Fe, we went farther North of Nueva Vizcaya to its capital town Bayombong. this time we're going downhill passing the town of Bambang. this will be another long drive.it took us two hours to get to Bayombong. climate was still cool there and it continued to drizzle. we were here to visit the oldest cathedral of this province, the cathedral of St. Dominic. this church gives me good vibes. maybe because it has a really good name.it was still drizzling but we can't miss out this old yet beautiful cathedral. it's facade survived two fire incidents in the past. from outside, the church looks small, but when you get to see its interior, you'll notice that it is big.the present structure is said to be twice its original size. that proves why the facade is smaller than its main structure. with the new structure, it made the church really beautiful that made me wonder how it looked during the old times.upon what first caught my attention was its wooden chandeliers and ceiling. it's quite rare to find churches with wooden chandeliers. this made it a unique church.
but what i'll never forget from this visit are the very friendly volunteers serving in this church. when i asked them about the church and its origin, they enthusiastically shared some of the stories. it simply showed how much they enjoyed serving in this church.we spent a short visit at the town's museum which was just infront the church plaza and had our lunch at the capitol plaza. it rained hard that made us decide to cancel our plan to visit the waterfalls and other sites.
thanks to the personnel who allowed me to recharge my camera there. check out other photos of this church from Lawstude's tandem post here.[what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the wooden chandeliers and interior of the church plus the museum just infront of the plaza. the museum has some of the old items of the church and of the town's historical past.
[why i should go back] >>> to explore the whole town and the other churches of this province. plus the waterfalls that we've missed due to heavy rain.
road quality: 4.0
church facade: 3.5
church interior: 4.0
church plaza: 3.0
church location: 4.5
historical background: 3.5