Friday, May 8, 2009
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.