I think I spent too much time on social media platforms (facebook & Instagram mostly) and yet I remained hiatus on my very own space. It’s a shame really and I have no valid excuse except for my lack of interest to write life’s events. I felt there’s nothing to write about because it’s monotonous anyway. And then, I met a young lady during the Holy Week whom I had a nice chat regarding the rise of these new breed of influencers. I admire her wit and despite her being a millennial she still finds it odd to read only good reviews online, not that she detests the good life and inspiration we get from these public post, I mean can we be more truthful and write something close to reality?
So where were you during the Holy Week break?
In 2017, I spent Holy Week in my hometown minus ze husband because my brother-in-law was in town and ze husband had to accompany him in Ilocos. I had no solid plans that time but if you know me really, I can come up with an overnight plan and travel right away especially if budget was not a major concern. I commissioned ze cousin to drive us for the customary Visita Iglesia. Oh, I terribly missed Ilocos and the baroque churches I’ve been. But this time, I find it redeeming to visit nearby Cavite churches and go on a road trip, of course with my regulars –Nanay and Tita G and Shane.
First stop was The Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Naic, Cavite, constructed during the 1800s (Reference Wiki). I can’t remember the last time I visited this church, it must have been ages, 20+ years ago, a baptismal rite perhaps and I can’t even remember how it look like then and if there have been changes thereafter I can’t really tell now. This is the exterior, I wish I had a nicer camera then to capture the whole façade. With my iPhone on hand, and the church limited frontage I cannot do more. Please note that the church is tucked in the vicinity of a covered court, a school nearby and tricycle terminal, parking may be difficult especially if you’re visiting during this season.
This is the church interiors –simple and airy and I love the golden chandeliers.
The second church was Sto. Niño de Ternate in Ternate, Cavite. The history of the parish church is traced way back in 1863 at which time this town was under the jurisdiction of Maragondon. It’s historic on its own and if you’d like to discover more I recommend you read more here.
I don’t know why I missed a photo of the exterior minus us. Sorry for the shameless selfie. Hehehe
After two churches, we had late lunch at Lolo Claro’s in Maragondon. I don’t know but Holy Week is always synonymous to summer and Lolo Claro’s oversize Halo-halo was the perfect break from the scorching heat of the summer skies. Must try and specialty of the house is Claro’s Fried Chicken. It tasted like your all-time favorite fried chicken na talagang Sarap to the Bones!
Back on the road was our third and probably the most significant amongst was The Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church in Maragondon, Cavite. It was consecrated in 1581 and was completed only in 1714, it’s the only heritage structure in the town of Maragondon which was declared by National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure. Tatay must have many things to say about the church and Maragondon itself after spending many years as the Municipal Agriculturist at this heritage town. I can tell how happy he would be telling stories and his experiences from way back. I remember he has this friend who owns a big grocery near the town plaza and an old friend who owns a gas station too. I know I should have been more attentive to his modest stories before.
This is Maragondon Church interiors with bright altar pieces or retablos.
And the exterior speaks so much of age and history. I love this church because the mood remains solemn despite the flock of many pilgrimage that day. Yes, I’m biased.
From Maragondon, we drove to the landlocked municipality of Magallanes. It was such a good afternoon drive because of the greeneries and nicely paved highway.
Upon reaching the quaint town of Magallanes, we parked at the side road where we thought next to the Parish Church. I noticed that the church is so small, our Visita (tuklong) was even bigger and grand, so I really thought until some church-goers came in. We felt a bit weird, I don’t know. When we went out we bumped into Shane who was looking for us, apparently she was waiting for us at the church compound. Guess what? The church we went in was an Aglipayan Church. It was an ice breaker and we laughed as we crossed the street going to the catholic church.
Nuestra Señora de Guia is the Parish Church of Magallanes, Cavite. Don’t ever make the same mistake we did, I read somewhere how he describes the Aglipayan Church more “catholic” than the nearby parish church.
Sorry for this almost vanishing photo of the church, there were too many people that time and mass was on-going.
From Magallanes, we drove to Alfonso, Cavite. St. John Nepomucene is their Parish Church and I remember our Christmas visits to Rev. Fr. Reddy when he was still the parish priest. He would welcome us to his small office cum abode at the church compound and offer us simple sandwiches and coffee. He was my parents godfather during their church wedding and it was a tradition back then that our family visits their Ninongs and Ninangs during the Holidays. I don’t know why it stopped when in fact it’s more convenient now to travel, maybe because we’ve grown up and the parental thought it’s no longer appropriate for us to go.
From Alfonso to Indang, you’d passed by another parish church at Lumampong Halayhay which is St. Vincent Ferrer Parish. In 1851, St. Vincent Ferrer was established as a Visita under the parochial of St. Gregory the Great in Indang and in 1997 it became a pastoral center. After a short prayer, we went our way to our last destination.
It was already past 6pm when we reached the hometown. St. Gregory The Great is the Parish Church of Indang, Cavite. Founded in 1625 and became witnessed to so many life events of my family. I was baptized and confirmed here but decided to do my wedding in one of Tagaytay churches because of convenience for our Manila guests. The same church witnessed deaths of family members and friends.
This is the interior of St. Gregory The Great Church –rose colored trompe and impressive oil paintings on the ceilings. The retablo has three levels of niches and saints. The church of Indang was one of the first churches in Cavite to use galvanized iron as its roofing in 1869 and I remember how my grandfather tell us story that he was one of the carpenters who made its roofing probably in the 1950s during the restoration.
By the way, if you happen to pass by the town of Indang make sure you buy one of Indang’s old delicacy –Kalamay Buna or Kalamay Indang, it’s a traditional kakanin made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, brown sugar and young coconut meat. You can get hold of this at the pasalubong center nearby the police station and old municipal hall.
Next, Visita Iglesia in Batangas. 🙂