Wednesday, October 7, 2009

morong church rizal - great facade

magnificent architectural structure in the Philippines are numerous influenced by the great diversity of cultures. i was really impressed when i saw the church of Morong located far East of Manila.i've been longing to see this church which made me decide to set a half day trip just to get a view of its impressive facade. an hour to about an hour and a half trip to the province of Rizal. the way there can be boring but wait till you reach the town of Cardona, where you get to see a nice view of Laguna de Bay, the country's largest lake. upon reaching the town of Morong, there stands this four floor high church facade and bell tower. first built in 1615 but was destroyed and rebuilt several times. but was finally renovated during the 1850s.it is in the town of Paete, home to many carvers and painters, where the Franciscan order commissioned to find a person to renovate the church facade and bell tower as to what it is today. behind this really impressive vertical facade is the local artist Bartolome Palatino. a usual church in the Philippines would have the church main facade separately from the bell tower which stands on one side or on both. quite different for this church as the bell tower is in the center of the vertical facade. the long pillars somehow resembles those of big palaces. symbolizing our creator's authority and kingship. its interior is plain and i didn't have the chance to take a shot because there was a wedding during that time. if you decide to do the Rizal - Laguna church visit, don't miss out this one.

35 comments:

gillboard said...

wow, ganda ng church!!!

wait said...

nice photography!

Chyng said...

Wow! I like the statue plus the church photos.

Photo Cache said...

wow, ang ganda naman. the architecture is fantastic. sana ma preserve lahat ng mga churches natin.

so how many churches have you done/featured so far?

Pacey said...

I should take note of those places you've been to, that if I get the chance to be nearby and be able to visit them. I really love churches architectures. :)

Joshua said...

sa wakas kuya dong nakita ko na nman ang ganda ng pinas sa pamamagitan ng blog mo:D

Lalaine said...

ganda ng simbahan... medyo madami dami na ding churches ang na-blog mo... sana madamai pa sumunod :D

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Hilda said...

The tower looks fantastic! The details are amazing!

Borneo Falcon said...

I wish we have such a beautiful church in our place that we can be proud of

Ailee Verzosa said...

great shots as usual... wait, hindi ba affected yang place na yan sa typhoon ondoy... hehehe

carlotta said...

that IS an impressive facade. mabuhay ang mga carvers ng paete!

witsandnuts said...

I passed by Morong many times, but I never took a closer look at this one. Next time. =) Laguna de Bay's view from Rizal (especially after Tanay) is awesome.

Summer said...

Such an impressive church. Love it too. Want to visit one day. =D

Summer
A Writers Den
Brown Mestizo

Summer said...

Such an impressive church. Love it too. Want to visit one day. =D

Summer
A Writers Den
Brown Mestizo

Sidney said...

I agree... this is a jewel of a church.

You should go back when they celebrate the "cordero".

I am Xprosaic said...

Ganda parang ancient structure that was built to last... at least napepreserve pa rin ang ganda nito...

Lawstude said...

ang ganda nga ng church. ok na rin puntahan for the half-a-day trip.

see you tomorrow night at the pba 09.

Pietro said...

Astonishing church with a magnificent architecture!
Nice photographs.

SandyCarlson said...

What a grand church. That is a delightful sequence.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

If I'm not mistaken Dong, the architecture looks very Baroque. An impressive looking church like this must have a heritage status.

OCTOBER101 said...

Ganda ng structure niya. I love the first photo very much.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's amazing how many beautiful churches we have in the Philippines. This is one of them. Thank you for sharing.

dodong flores said...

A church is always a fascinating photography subject. Nice shot here donG hO...

Bengbeng said...

i like yr fifth pic.. i will try this angle in future :)

docgelo said...

wow, never been to this churc before. it looks so inviting. thanks for sharing. i'll frequent your site from now on. :D

Raft3r said...

way back in college
we had this humanities class
na puro field trips lang ang curriculum
isa sa mga pinuntahan naman ay ang bayan ng rizal at laguna
syempre pa
tatanga-tanga ako
din ko alam na
iisang ruta lang ang rizal at laguna
na may isang kalyeng nagdudugtong sa kanila
we went to that church, as well
maganda talaga!

happy weekend, dong!

eunice said...

impressive! I think this is the largest n most beautiful church I've seen from your blog. Is it one of the most famous ones in the Philippines?

eli said...

as usual, ang gaganda uli ng kuha mo. napapalabas mo kase yong ganda ng mga lugar sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha mo ng pictures.

Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Very majestic looking~ The great architectural designs that are mostly taken over by post modern architects now days :(

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for stopping by!

cyndirellaz said...

ayus ah, i never thought na may ganito sa atin, hehe!! ganda ng design! ^__^

Allen Yuarata said...

napaka-ornate naman nung belfry. Si St. Lorenzo Ruiz yung statue diba?

bw said...

nice pcis. This Morong church is one of the most impressive Spanish churches in Pinas. It's been preserved really well. I'm quite impressed :)

Major Tom said...

I never thought there's so much great architectural wonder within our midst until I saw these beautiful churches. Great shots as always.

PUSANG-gala said...

grabe---ang lapit ko lang dito pero diko pa napupuntahan---maybe I should explore my new Province more....

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