Friday, May 8, 2009

gasan church - marinduque

a church destroyed by natural calamities used to stand on top of this hill. this year, the town commemorates its 400years through the restoration of its church.less than an hour South of Boac, is the coastal town of Gasan Marinduque. this town was once occupied by the Japanese soldiers during the World War II and it witnessed the victorious battle of the allied forces, what is now known as the Battle of Marinduque.it still has some old houses but most of the houses are already concrete as this has been affected by the many calamities experienced by this town.a walk up to the church will take you a few minutes, slightly higher than the church of Boac. first thing that you'll see are its newly built balconies which gives you a good view of the whole central town of Gasan.the church has a garden lawn overlooking the Tablas straight, of whose horizon's reaches the big island of Mindoro. at the back of the church, they retained a part of the ruins and also displayed the bells of the old church.the church is still under construction when we went there. according to a local resident, the design of the new church was still based on the old church which stood on the same site. i spotted a Morion walking around the church ground as if guarding its construction. this town also celebrates the Moriones Festival simultaneously with the other towns of Marinduque. the church is now on its final stage and its facade will soon be filled with red bricks. just imagine how beautiful it will be months from now.next post is our trip to the island of Gaspar.

45 comments:

Borneo Falcon said...

Hope you return here again for update when the church is completed

Heart of Rachel said...

It's sad that the church was destroyed due to natural calamities but I'm glad that it's being restored. It's a beautiful church and I'm sure the people are excited to see it fully restored.

jei said...

i kinda like the garden part, parang ang sarap magbabad sa sun habang may malamig na coke sa tabi mo at magandang libro na babasahin. but the church is a little creepy though. feeling ko magkaka-third eye ako pag pumasok sa simbahang ito.

r-yo said...

reminds me of our church which is already more than 400 years old. pasyal kayo dun minsan.

r-yo said...

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dong, capul yung island namin.

Luke Wiley said...

A grand design for a church!

Aris said...

being on top of a hill, this church has a complete charm of its own. the garden overlooking the sea is just awesome. i am glad of the restoration efforts. salamat uli, dong, sa pagpasyal mo sa amin diyan sa marinduque sa pamamagitan ng napakaganda mong mga larawan. :)

alicesg said...

Wow the church is very big. Very interesting. I will feature a beautiful church on my blog on My World Tuesday. Have a nice weekend, Dong.

luna miranda said...

but it looks beautiful as it is---without bricks. di ba? i like the garden and the terrace overlooking the sea.

Reena said...

so who does the renovation?

i'm trying to imagine if red bricks are laid out na. it looks better nga...i just hope they don't remove the white adobe rock foundations. maganda na yun eh.

the morion looks like a real warrior. look at his arm muscles!!!! hahaha

ALiNe said...

Nice, good thing they are restoring it :)

the donG said...

>borneo, definitely.

>hi rachel, yes. we noticed that the locals were really proud of this church and the commemoration of its 400years.

>hi jei, that's true! the garden area is really a nice place for that. don't worry, the opening shown on the third to the last photo is not the entrance to the church. it's just an opening to the lowerground.

>r-yo, wow! i'd like to see that.

>luke, you're right about that.

>aris, the view is really beautiful from there. i just wish i can show every perspective but it's still different if you're really there. my pleasure to bring you to places through the photos. glad you like it. thanks!

>hi alicesg, that ill really look forward to. dont forget to include a video.

>hi luna, yes i agreaa. kala ko nga ganun na yon. ok na rin talaga. ganda talaga yung garden. maliit lang naman.

>hi reena, they have people doing it. i believe it's also thru the residents efforts. im also excited to see it on red bricks though it's already beautiful. the morion has always been your subject.

>hi aline, that's true. new structure.

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burn said...

Nice view.. Nice shoots and subjects... I haven't visited that place.. perphaps one of these days...

Thanks for visiting..

Nanaybelen said...

sayang naman nasira pa. Ang sarap pa naman sigurong umatend ng mass kasi tabing dagat.

bluedreamer27 said...

wow ganda naman ng ambiance
its nice to see that they preserve the church

JM said...

Great photos! The location of these buildings is awesome!
I know about the typhoon, hope everything is OK with you!

punky said...

wow may gladiator!

Eben said...

wow! ang ganda naman ng design ng simbahan na yan..

naalala ko tuloy ang bestfriend kong taga marinduque.. Dong din ang nickname niya. hehehe.

Photo Cache said...

I hope you return when the church is completed so you can show us what it would look like.

witsandnuts said...

I can just imagine once the bricks are all red. Maybe would even be better than Liliw's Church. The garden looks very refreshing.

sheng said...

I hope we have nice churches here in Gensan that we can be proud of too. We have a big cathedral here but i dunno any of its history, or maybe because i never bothered knowing...

Bengbeng said...

i am so glad they restored it n not let it go to ruin

Chyng said...

Wow, meron ng Moriones sign sa upper right! Cool, may category na! :D

I like the facade! Galing!

gillboard said...

ganda nung church... parang palasyo lang.

Hilda said...

Looks more like a complete rebuild rather than a restoration. Too bad they can't use large blocks of stone like what's left in the ruins. But I'm glad they were able to save even just those, and the bells.

The view from the church garden is awesome.

lagal[og] said...

i can remember this church from last year's visit. tfs dom!

Nyl said...

Each of my visit to this site already makes me feel like I have traveled the entire Philippines. Mabuhay ka dong!

Nakakatuwa naman yung Marion walking..para we're back to the old times.:D

hey!may award ako sa'yo, hope you'll grab it.:)

collapsingbarrycade said...

wow, a church with overlooking view of the sea. now that's a nice place to go to for meditation, isn't it?

Friendz said...

Hello friend!
I am passing by to wish you a great weekend!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

What a grand setting for a church! I'm curious if, besides the bells, old statues and other ornaments still survive to adorn the new one? I do hope the church withstands natural disasters this time.

Vic said...

wow! ang ganda naman ng church na to.. tanaw yung dagat. :)

cyndirellaz said...

maganda din yung side na may terrace, ang sarap mag reminisce doon. very proud ako dahil inaalagaan pa din ang mga old churches sa atin for the next generations di ba?

Sandy B said...

Love these photos, but I also want an update when the church is finished...perfect excuse for you to go back!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Ang ganda ng mga pictures, Dong. Parang solemn na solemn talaga. :)
Have a happy weekend.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a neat place and a wonderful endeavor. That church is gorgeous. Your landscapes are heavenly.

Fjordan Allego said...

ang ganda! napakahistorical ng dating. kahit pa nirestore yung church, at least mapepreserve pa rin yung memories ng lugar na yun.

http://fjordz-hiraya.blogspot.com

Skippyheart said...

ang ganda talaga ng mga featured churches.

btw, Happy Mother's to your mom dong. Please give her an extra hug from me. =)

Pietro said...

What a magnificent, beautifully situated church, Dong.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Dennis Villegas said...

beautiful church indeed that nears its completion. The town of Gasan is very peaceful. Nice shots, Dong!

aiLee920 said...

happy mom's day to your mom and to all moms out there... kiss them for me!!!

Allen Yuarata said...

ang gandang church! Ganyan talaga orig design niyan kuya? O may mga dinagdag na?

Ax said...

i love the upstairs! yung may mga post lamps. nakakatuwa siguro dyan pag gabi na!

kailangan ba malaki ang katawan pag nag moriones?

brotherutoy said...

sana mapicturan mo ulit kapag tapos na. my only lament on church renovation is that they usually paint the walls. sayang ang restoration kapag ganun. sana hindi gawin yun ng mga renovators.

great pics of church, dong!

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Jason said...

Hi im Jason from Gasan Marinduque. Thanks for featuring Our Parish. St. Joseph Spouse of Mary Parish.At present its almost complete the retablo and interior 75% complete the ceiling still on process. My younger sister is a member the Parish choir and the Priest is a good Friend of Mine..~AMDG~

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