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.
Wow..this church is an epic!! I love your blog. Can we exlinks?
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a first-time visitor in Sagada couldn't miss this church. the nearby cemetery was also interesting.
Yay ang ganda naman! It looks like foreign village churches. ganda ng kuha mo Dong!
very unique and beautiful church
Yung place parang church of an exclusive boys school sa Englatera no. Like that in the movies.
Parang Netherlands.. :)
Ganda ng photo mo sa church with pine tree! napakatahimik ng place..
Impressive church...Luna is right...there is something with the cemetery...alas I forgot what is so special about it:-(
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
ganda talaga ng mga lumang churches.... naalala ko tuloy ang church sa bohol.... ang mga architectural design ng mga churches noon iba talaga!
That is indeed a beautiful church. I like its beautiful architecture.
ganda ng architectural features - feel na feel mong maka-luma pero mganda parin...ty n tc
I agree 100%. Very beautiful nga itong structure na ito.
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?
Beautiful! U really love your churches Mr. Dong!
Nice looking church!!! Sana may pics sa loob...
>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.
nice shots of historic edifices. Looking at the trees the place looks like it is not Pinas :)
indeed a beatiful church dong. at ang ganda ng shots mo ha. ibang level ka na talaga.
Very very nice indeed, is this church still a place of worship for people there?
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
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.
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...
Those Episcopaleans have their ways....
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
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!
That is one massive church. It looks to be made to stand for a very long time judging from the thick walls.
This place has a fascinating history.Thanks for sharing.
You know how much I like churches. Sagada church, beautifully immersed in the green, is so charming.
@ 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!
old but beautiful!
Ibang kalse ang structure nya noh...
btw, posted some of the Jeju Island views..
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.
2 places i wanna visit sa pinas:
sagada at batanes
as usual, naunahan mo na naman ako
can i have your job?
Wow this church is a beauty. The church has such beautiful designs and am sure it witness lots of history.
great shots. makes me want to revisit sagada. hope the place is still kept clean.
Love both the large round windows and the old wheels, so I think your last photo is just gorgeous!
The surroundings of the church is beautiful, so is the church. :D
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Lovely!!!!I would love to see that church too.
This evening I told hubz na next vacay namin, we'll explore sagada. :)
wow...a very nice church my friend!!! wondering can i visit this sagada church or not one day =p
Kung hindi mo lang to sinabi na nasa Sagada, di ko iisipin na nasa Pilipinas to. haha.
One of the places that i want to visit.
I'm so jealous! I want to go there, too.
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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 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... :)
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
You absolutely bring out the beauty of every church you shoot! Fantastic!
Did you go inside? It's usually open and I was hoping to see your interior shots.
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.
The Episcopalian church of St. Mary looks very nice. Pretty interesting.
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ibang estilo naman ng simbahan ang nakita ko dito.
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.
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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