Saturday, February 5, 2011

tumauini church isabela

an ornamented brick was interesting but a church made up of ornamented bricks led me to visit a town North of Isabela province or approximately 475kilometers from Manila. that meant long sleeping hours in the bus.
so we took the plane on our way to Tuguegarao with Palaui as our main destination but i decided to take the bus back to Manila to grab the chance of dropping by one of the beautiful landmarks of the province of Isabela, the church of St. Matias in town of Tumaini.
it is known for its unusual bell tower standing like a tiered wedding cake with hanging ornaments. its paint already diminishing, on its peak plants are growing. built during the time of Fr. Domingo Forto around 1783. declared as a National Historical Landmark by the government in 1989.
when i saw it from afar, this brick church doesn't surpass the many bricks of the church of Liliw in Laguna. but when i looked at its pillars and corners closely, that's when i found those ornamented bricks. truly impressive.
with the main door closed i assumed that i wasn't fortunate enough that time to see its interiors, but instinct says there's a way in somewhere. so i dropped by the church office and people said that the church is closed because it was damaged by typhoon Juan.

i remember that our flight to Tuguegarao was almost canceled as we were there just few days after the typhoon and some areas along the Cagayan river were still heavily damaged. the caretakers allowed me to get inside the church which was still at its devastated state. water was still dripping inside, kneelers moved and part of its roof opened.in a country like the Philippines, one knows that the churches are among those structures that withstood the many natural calamities. often re-structured, refurbished but retains as an abode to Christians whose faith are built on a Rock.
how to get there:
option 1: take a plane to Tuguegarao (one hour) from Manila. since Tumauini is located South of Tuguegarao, you have to take a bus (45minutes - one hour) that goes to Manila or Ilagan (Isabela province capital town). tell the bus driver or collector to drop you at the central town of Tumauini. then take a tricycle ride to the church which is just a short ride from the highway.

option 2: take a bus to Tuguegarao which will pass by the town of Tumauini.
tell the bus driver or collector to drop you at the central town of Tumauini. then take a tricycle ride to the church which is just a short ride from the highway.

location:
island: Luzon
province: Isabela
closest gateway: Tuguegarao, Cagayan or Ilagan, Isabela

escape factor:
accessibility: 3.5
church structure: 4.0
church historical value: 4.0
overall escape factor: 4.0

GPS location:
17^ 16" 27' N
121^ 48" 27'

31 comments:

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Grand church!

Do you have a series about Liliw's brick church sir? I only know of one kasi, the St. John the Baptist Church.

http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com/2010/11/laguna-st-john-baptist-church.html

Would love to check them out =]

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ang ganda tlga! eto yung gusto ko daanan when i went to Cagayn. too bad d nakisama ang panahon. :(

Traveling Hawk said...

Beautiful church, nice photos!

witsandnuts said...

That sure looks like a tower cake!

asiong32 said...

ang galing nung bell tower, parang wedding cake nga at ung ornamented bricks..i havent seen one before.

sheng said...

The trip to these kind of places excite me, it's just that when you go to these kind of places, you are supposed to concentrate onthe beauty and i cannot do it just now wtih kids tagging along!

gillboard said...

old and grand!

SkippyHeart said...

Heaven isn't really too far away, that's why we have churches. :-) I like this series, dong. Beautiful!

Luna Miranda said...

now that belfry is really something! how unique!

i love brick structures, they have a certain character. sayang di mo nakita ang altar. terrific shots.

chino a.k.a chinchan said...

this is sooo cool!!!

SandyCarlson said...

Yes, yes, yes. Beautiful.

ellen joy belmonte santos said...

nice photos DOng, sana magka budget ang simbahan at ma preserve ang ganda nito =)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

The color of the bell tower is quite a contrast to the church itself but it still looks grand & beautiful. Too bad it got damaged from a recent typhoon - hopefully, the ceiling's structure is still sturdy enough for people to safely go back in.

docgelo said...

old churches never fail to charm me. this one's not an exception. ang ganda ng simbahan at mukha ngang cake ang bell tower nito. sana ginawang brown para mukhang chocolate cake, hehe

Reena said...

nomnomnom. nakakagutom! food blogger ka na!

Rizalenio said...

When I was in CDO and saw that it will take me a 300 plus kms on bus ride going to Davao (or Zamboanga), I digressed with the thought. Traveling from CDO to Bukidnon was already a challenge for me considering that it's less than 100kms only.

Oh my...This one, 470 plus kms...But look at the rewards...

Sobrang ganda.

Chyng said...

so this is the church that looks like a wedding cake! hehe
seriously, i like the color and the curves too. mas fan ako ng old churches kesa glamourous ones. naway marating ko din yan sometime. =)

lakwatsera de primera said...

I agree with Ellen, sana marestore uli sya,one of our treasures indeed!

pusang kalye said...

gandang ganda ako sa church at curious na curios na talaga ako kung panu mo na-aachieve ang ganyan ka SHARP na shots. anung secret Dom? or it's all in the lens that you are using?

alicesg said...

Very unique and beautiful church. Sorry for not visiting your blog sooner with all the merry making over here, I am still in holiday mood...lol.

SandyCarlson said...

Sure is an interesting and elegant place. Thanks for sharing the details.

Borneo Falcon said...

It's quite uncommon to see The Star of David which sometimes partly used in conjunction with the Seal of Solomon at the main entrance of a church. I wonder if it is trying to ward off evil.

Pietro said...

What a thrilling church, so beautiful outside ad inside! Nice sequence of images!

Vic said...

hi dong! if I remember it correctly, you already featured tumauini's church here in your blog or am i wrong? hehe.. Sayang kasi, nakarating na ako ng tumauini 2 years ago, unfortunately we didn't go inside the church. dumaan lang kami. pero kahit sa malayo, kita mong kakaiba siya.

nuts said...

galing ng shots mo lalo na dito. church always seems to be in perfect angle in your photography.

Ed said...

bricks! I love red bricks on churches.

Sidney said...

Wow...what a beautiful church... especially the facade.

Sendo said...

ganda ng church >_<

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

ang ganda ng kuha... parang gusto ko tuloy pumunta sa tumauini :D

Raft3r said...

nice church
very majestic ang dating

mangyan in cebu said...

hey, punta ako sa tumauini sa october. 1 night lang ako sa tuguegarao pero plan ko sadyain tong church na to since it's part of the tentative list for UNESCO baroque church extension together with Boljoon, Loboc, Guian and Lazi. :)

tara, samahan mo ko? hehe

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