Wednesday, May 20, 2009

sta cruz church - marinduque

the jeepney coming from our long trip to Sta. Cruz dropped us on a small walkway leading to one side of the church.like the church of Gasan in the Western side of Marinduque, this church is reaching its 400th year of its foundation. built by the Spanish conquistadors.it has an unusual stone wall design as others are usually made of bricks or blocks of corals. churches in the Philippines usually differ in its materials basing on what is abundant in that area. the bell tower rises to four to five floors high with a cross on its roof. we didn't had the chance to see the bell.what is unusual with this church are the pillars in its facade. two pointed vertical foundation and a cone tip stands on both sides of the church entrance. in contrast to its outer wall, its interior is composed of bricks slightly shiny in nature. the altar ceiling is composed of paintings of the stations of the cross while angels occupies the higher portion.the 400years of its foundation also represents the faith of the many people who prayed and has been part of the Christian community in this island.this was our last stop in the island of Marinduque. we were supposed to to go to the town of Torrijos but with an energy not enough for another hot roadtrip. we decided to stay in Sta Cruz instead.trip rate:
church facade: 3.5
church interior: 3.5
church plaza: 3.0
church location: 4.0
historical background: 4.0

55 comments:

Alexander said...

Fantastic capture of the church. This is a very unique and beautiful church.

Alexander
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dodong flores said...

Hi, donG hO!
I love church photos. I'm always fascinated with old churches and their history.
Excellent photos you got here...

jei said...

I got interested with that unusual wall design. it is indeed unusual. i wonder what this church originally looked like. parang gusto ko tuloy mag time travel.

Anonymous said...

C'est toujours avec beaucoup de plaisir que de temps en temps je retrouve les Philippines et leur ambassadeur si talentueux.
Amitiés
Arièle France

walkwithmetothemoon said...

Beautiful churches manifest our religiousity. Almost every province has their ancient churches scattered all over towns and places. They just prove our country was greatly influenced by the Catholic faith especially during the Spanish occupation.

Nice nice photos Dong! I don't go to church regularly now I am planning to go often. Wanna take a closer look at the structure and appreciate their beauty.

One thousand rounds of applause for this post. (clapclap) hehe.

Photo Cache said...

Wow, that ceiling is awesome. The facade is really unique.

An Asian Traveler said...

I enjoyed the photos and your writeup of this unique church. I have never seen anything like this. What a great piece of architecture.

Tita Beng said...

This church is indeed remarkable structure wise. Love your photography!

kegler747 said...

Parang nakita ko na itong church na ito na hawig sa isang church. I love brick structures, ganda!

gillboard said...

nice church... just not sure i could visit those places.. baka bigla magliyab ako.. hehe

I like the tower though... looks interesting..

ALiNe said...

hmmm.. i want to go to marinduque... sometimes

Chyng said...

Wow shots! sino patron saint nila jan?

Garando said...

I love the texture of the church's exterior! If the facade is original then it looks modern for its time.
Naku alala ko nanaman ang San Agustin sa Manila... they painted it PINK! susmaryosep talaga... Unesco world heritage pa naman yun. sigh...

Borneo Falcon said...

I like old church. I will be posting churches in my place soon but I guess they will be not as impressive as this one

Eel Wind said...

the painting is amazing and the mosaics of the church are so well-polished! love the facade look but with a modern twist inside. :)

alicesg said...

Wow the interior of the church is so beautiful. I hope to take more photos of the places of worship over here but am so busy lately. Have a nice day Dongho.

Cza said...

wow.. the structures look great! I especially like the ceiling view. :D

fufu said...

wow nice, i have been to spain... this church doesnt 100% look like a spanish one... anyway the filipino culture must also be influenced when they built it 400++yrs ago ya =p

p/s: i have a guaranteed guide now in the philippines!!! yahoooooo =p thanks!! sure will plan it soon then XD

nuts said...

Added greatly to my knowledge. Very informative. If not through this post, I wouldn't know about this unique, historical Gasan Church in Marinduque. Great post!

Do you speak french Dong? It wouldn't be a surprise to see you as an ambassador someday. :)

the donG said...

>alex, thanks! unique facade composition.

>dodong, thanks! actually i want to study how all these churches were built.

>hi jei, not sure how it looked like before. that's a good idea. i can join you if that's possible.

>thanks ariele! nice to see you here again. when are you visiting the philippines? mercy beaucop.

>hi walkwithmetothemoon, that's great! yes you should see the details and if you want church hopping there's a lot to see even within metro manila. spanish inspired but built by filipino hands and materials from the philippines.

nice to know that you like the photos. thanks!

looks like this is your first visit here.

>hi photocache, yes. not the usual material for a facade.

>asiantraveler, yes it's nice and looks like you really need to do church hopping too.

>tita beng, thanks a lot!

>kegler, saan kaya yon? sabihin mo pag maalala mo.

>gillboard, hehehe... hindi ka liliyab dahil mas lalo kang kailangan pumunta dun. sana makapunta ka sa marinduque.

>hi aline, just tell me if you're going there. i might be able to help you.

>hi chyng, that i didnt know. i owe you that.

>garando, pink? didnt know that because what's weird is ive never been there. i too love the composition of this church, not the usual.

>borneo, that'll be great! let's see as each church has its own beauty.

>eelwind, the paintings are indeed beautiful. you should visit the philippines. we'll be happy to bring you around.

>hi alicesg, that'll be nice. im sure churches are as beautiful. but take your time. we'll wait.

>hi cza, that's something very beautiful in the church.

>fufu, yes it has filipino influence too specially in the materials used in making the chruches here.

sure! you're welcome to come here again. this time we bring you to less explored awesome beaches.

>hi nuts, thanks! nice to know that this post is informative. i know a little french havent tried conversing yet. you should explore the many churches of the philippines.

Pietro said...

A really fascinating and interesting church.
Fantastic sequence, Dong!

Sidney said...

Great looking church... your points are on the scale of 5 or 10?
You are not easy to please ! ;-)

Wow...you got an anonymous girlfriend from France!
Do you need some French lessons? ;-)

PUSANG-gala said...

a church which looks like a house and a lighthouse at the same time---strange.........

witsandnuts said...

More than the ceiling, I found the bell tower more interesting. This is the first time I've seen something like that.

-ellesig- said...

its already breathtaking in photos,paano pa kaya pag kaharap mo na.:)

chubskulit said...

This church has a touch of modent and antiqueness to it..

ryliej said...

Great angles and shots of the church! Thanks for bringing us to marindoque!

john said...

Is it a old church or new? It looks new but old...

.pOot! said...

wow, pare! salamat. natuwa naman ako dun. hehe!

btw, about your post, the pictures are awesome and it rocks!

Vic said...

wow! sana makapunta din ako jan. ang ganda nung red bricks.. :))

KRIS JASPER said...

Why dont you publish a coffee table book featuring the churches you've visited?

SandyCarlson said...

This is an interesting building because it is made up of many materials and includes so many shapes and colors. Very beautiful.

I am Xprosaic said...

gaganda ng pictures mo tol... slr ba gamit mo?! Astig!

REDLAN said...

Eto na 'to! As I look at it, tibay ng foundation. Unusual yung stone or whatever you call it. Isa ito sa nakakaibang simbahan na nafeature dito.

Ax said...

a tower at ng painting sa ceiling! hay! buti ka pa talaga kuya dong, dami mong napupuntahan!

Ax said...

actually kulang yung comment ko: ang galing ng belltower at ng painting sa ceiling!

^_edSie_^ said...

Unang-una, ako'y nagbalik..ahehe
Astigerz yung banner mo ngayon, so nice! With this church naman.. ang cool. Na-curious tuloy ako, parang gusto ko puntahan. Saka ganda ng kuha mo ha.. buhay na buhya yung mga kulay.

Hilda said...

I love the stonework. Looks like one can actually go up to the cupola — wouldn't it be great to see that up close?

I've seen those 'missiles' flanking entrances in some churches and palaces in Europe. I guess it's not so uncommon.

the donG said...

>pietro, thanks!

>sidney, it's just from 1-5. oh yes it's ariele a long time friend. yes i need french lessons!

>pusang-gala, something unusual.

>hi witsandnuts, somehow unique because it really looks more like a watch tower.

>hi ellesig, yes. it's beautiful when you really see it there.

>hi chubskulit, it somehow does.

>hi rylliej, thanks too for dropping by.

>john, renovations made in this old church.

>poot, thanks!

>hi vic, you should. hindi na rin naman ganun kalayo to sa inyo.

>jasper, you can check out the coconuter blog. i just posted something about the churches in the philippines. a book? maybe not yet. dont have good enough photos.

>hi sandy, unusual in such a way.

>xprosaic, thanks! it's a point and shoot camera. hopefully ill eb able to get a dslr. fingers crossed here.

>redlan, medyo kakaiba nga yung facade components.

>ax, ganda nga ng painting. ganda ng pagkagawa. tower is nice. salamat din sa pagbisita.

>hi edsie, nice to know you're back. thanks! the church is simple but beautiful.

>hi hilda, i'd love to see those churches. do you have photos of that? i like to see its influence.

Skippyheart said...

I miss being here for my dose of your wonderful photos...I am glad that I am back :)

Hope all is well with you dong. TC

Blue Rose said...

wala kang kupas dongho. ang gaganda ng shots mo. at ang ganda pala ng church nila jan.

Pacey said...

I wish we had more time to go there. Did you visit Buenavista? The hot springs there was actually we went for, the reason my friends wanted to go Marinduque so I tagged along. Great shots of the church and very amazing structure.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

I always like the architecture of churches all over the world!

Raft3r said...

nice church
ilan oras pala ang byaheng marinduque?

Allen Yuarata said...

ang rough ng walls. Ang ganda!!!!! lalo na yung interior!

PeterPan said...

Nice pics wonder how much will it cost me going there?

Joy said...

All the photos are so crisp and vivid! Wonderful portrayal of Marinduque.

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Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

I love the architecture of this church. Great pics. Thanks.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Another breath-taking photos, Dong. The way you present them will surely draws a lot of tourist.

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FilMasons NSW said...

Great interior shots!

dodong flores said...

Excellent photography!

dodong flores said...

Yes, why don't you make a coffee table book for all of your travel photos and adventure?

davamerce said...

Salamat dong!
tatlo kase ang blogs ko,una yong simple shots,kabuhayang pinoy,at love to eat.
wala kase akong magawa parati.at
iniiba ko lang yong mga pangalan, baka kase,aksidente ko na naman madelete ang blog ko,tulad ng dati,kaya hiniwalay ko na sila lahat.

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