Monday, June 1, 2009

sagada church

one of the most beautiful concrete structure in the whole town of Sagada is the Episcopalian church of St. Mary. this was built through the help of the American missionaries led by Rev. Fr. John Staunton.it was built in early 1900s and until now it remains one of the biggest structure around Sagada. it stands as a symbol of Christianity in the area. a solid structure seems to symbolize Sagada's solid faith.it has a nice lawn with the old bell and an two old wheels placed in a platform. the bell has a story behind it that you can read in Vicente Sapguian's blog.it has an unusual door design that makes it partly distinct to all the other Spanish influenced churches around the country.
what also makes this church beautiful is its location. it is definitely the most prominent and most visible structure. even with the pine trees surrounding it, one can always be captivated by its size.this church may be Episcopalian but tourists of different sect still finds this church a very reflective place. a perfect stop for someone who visits Sagada.the Episcopalian missionaries developed Sagada into a place of trade, good education and even provided a hospital. but at the same time allowing the people to still embrace its culture.

54 comments:

Marky said...

Wow..this church is an epic!! I love your blog. Can we exlinks?

The Green Man In His Green World

luna miranda said...

a first-time visitor in Sagada couldn't miss this church. the nearby cemetery was also interesting.

walkwithmetothemoon said...

Yay ang ganda naman! It looks like foreign village churches. ganda ng kuha mo Dong!

Borneo Falcon said...

very unique and beautiful church

BlogusVox said...

Yung place parang church of an exclusive boys school sa Englatera no. Like that in the movies.

ACRYLIQUE said...

Parang Netherlands.. :)

nuts said...

Ganda ng photo mo sa church with pine tree! napakatahimik ng place..

Sidney said...

Impressive church...Luna is right...there is something with the cemetery...alas I forgot what is so special about it:-(

PUSANG-gala said...

add the different ambiance and weather---I think being here would feel like being in another country---yan ang gusto ko---naku naku naku---hehe

I am Xprosaic said...

ganda talaga ng mga lumang churches.... naalala ko tuloy ang church sa bohol.... ang mga architectural design ng mga churches noon iba talaga!

Heart of Rachel said...

That is indeed a beautiful church. I like its beautiful architecture.

darkhorse said...

ganda ng architectural features - feel na feel mong maka-luma pero mganda parin...ty n tc

kegler747 said...

I agree 100%. Very beautiful nga itong structure na ito.

Photo Cache said...

It's really amazing all the lovely churches in our country. Are you keeping count of how many churches you've been in so far?

KRIS JASPER said...

Beautiful! U really love your churches Mr. Dong!

gillboard said...

Nice looking church!!! Sana may pics sa loob...

the donG said...

>marky, thanks! sure. i already added you on my blogroll.

>hi luna, that's true. we'll post a bit of the cemetery in the coming days.

>walkwiththemoon, not the usual church in the country. thanks to kit and nadz for the photos.

>borneofalcon, i agree.

>blogusvox, beautiful. i should see one.

>acrylique, really? need to check it with my friend who used to work in netherlands.

>hi nuts, that was taken by kit. ganda nga.

>sidney, we'll post a bit of that in the coming days. i too was intrigued.

>pusang-gala, you should go there. philippines is indeed beautiful! sagada and the cordilleras is a must-see.

>xprosaic, ganda talaga. unique in many ways. that i believe is one of the country's diverse heritage.

>hi rachel, that's true.

>hi darkhorse, old but beautiful. its environment makes it more beautiful.

>kegler, thanks to the episcopalian missionaries and the people of sagada who built this church.

>photocache, sadly not. but thanks because you gave me an idea to do it. i'll list the many churches that ive been to. thanks!

>jasper, as a christian, we should know our values.

>gillboard, that we missed because we didnt had the chance to enter it because the door was closed when we were there. not knowing that the doors were closed but not locked.

bw said...

nice shots of historic edifices. Looking at the trees the place looks like it is not Pinas :)

Blue Rose said...

indeed a beatiful church dong. at ang ganda ng shots mo ha. ibang level ka na talaga.

Shionge said...

Very very nice indeed, is this church still a place of worship for people there?

Bengbeng said...

now this is one church with a lot of atmosphere .. the planners did a good job choosing the location and the design. it was built to last a long time. impressive testimony of the church's earliest congregation's faith. after all it must have cost them a whole heap of money too to finance it

Carver said...

What a beautiful church. My father was an Episcopalian minister and had a great love for architecture. Reading this post made me wish he was still alive because I know he would have enjoyed reading this and seeing your photographs.

dodong flores said...

Those are beautiful photos. I also love your Sagada photos posted last May 29. I haven't been there in Sagada so these photos come to as a virtual walkthrough of what's all about there. Thanx for sharing, dong ho...

SandyCarlson said...

Those Episcopaleans have their ways....

Travelerfolio said...

Another magnificent church, also you can capture it well to showcase the world online :D

I am eagerly waiting for your submission of the contesting pic! :D

eliment said...

ha? hindi ya nakapasok yong unang comment ko. hehe

anyway, maganda talaga ang sagada. sa litrato palang ay dama na ang kakaibang klima nito.

galing ng pictures!

Rico said...

That is one massive church. It looks to be made to stand for a very long time judging from the thick walls.

uncleawang said...

This place has a fascinating history.Thanks for sharing.

Pietro said...

You know how much I like churches. Sagada church, beautifully immersed in the green, is so charming.

luna miranda said...

@ Sidney, one thing i remember from Sagada cemetery was some tomb markers didn't indicate the exact dates of birth and death. instead, it indicated seasons in ifugao dialect. my friends and i also spent some time at the Sagada cemetery after dinner---it was a full moon...it was quite unforgettable!

chubskulit said...

old but beautiful!

ryliej said...

Ibang kalse ang structure nya noh...

btw, posted some of the Jeju Island views..

katcarneo said...

This place looks like it's somewhere out of the country, and in your photos the weather was great for a walk. How I love the look of old structures.

Raft3r said...

2 places i wanna visit sa pinas:
sagada at batanes
as usual, naunahan mo na naman ako
can i have your job?
hehe

alicesg said...

Wow this church is a beauty. The church has such beautiful designs and am sure it witness lots of history.

beatburn said...

great shots. makes me want to revisit sagada. hope the place is still kept clean.

Hilda said...

Love both the large round windows and the old wheels, so I think your last photo is just gorgeous!

Alexander said...

The surroundings of the church is beautiful, so is the church. :D

Alexander
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jeanny said...

Lovely!!!!I would love to see that church too.

This evening I told hubz na next vacay namin, we'll explore sagada. :)

fufu said...

wow...a very nice church my friend!!! wondering can i visit this sagada church or not one day =p

Allen Yuarata said...

Kung hindi mo lang to sinabi na nasa Sagada, di ko iisipin na nasa Pilipinas to. haha.

PeterPan said...

One of the places that i want to visit.

Joy said...

I'm so jealous! I want to go there, too.

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Iloilo Onfoot said...

i find the church to be romanesque and the environement very european...
I guess the Rose Windows are unique since they have modern features that stand out...

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Dong, I wonder why all your pictures are malinins na malinis... walang kalat... did you have to clean the area before shooting? (he-he-he)
Anyway, you were asking about EC, thousands of bloggers are members there. It is one good way of boosting the traffic. EC members visit each other... sort of... :)

Cza said...

Sagada! :D I love this place.. Been here for a number of times already. I love it when I see pics of places I've been through already in your blog. :D

Tita Beng said...

You absolutely bring out the beauty of every church you shoot! Fantastic!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Did you go inside? It's usually open and I was hoping to see your interior shots.

witsandnuts said...

The door is quite different. I'm reading the story about the bell tower. You wouldn't that church is situated in the Philippines because of the structure. Baguio and Sagada-related posts make me want to be home soon.

Asian Traveler said...

The Episcopalian church of St. Mary looks very nice. Pretty interesting.

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REDLAN said...

ibang estilo naman ng simbahan ang nakita ko dito.

Lawstude said...

all i can say is "wow". and sarap siguro magsimba jan kasi you can really feel the presence of nature at talagang you can feel the communication between you and your God. Hope to go there someday.

lagal[og] said...

this church is really a landmark in sagada. one new year's eve i was there, i even went to church there even though i can't understand most of the parts of the mass.

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