A trip to the Churches of Pampanga


It was last August 3, 2013 that I joined a group of photo enthusiast in the aim of promoting tourism in the Philippines. Our trip on this day was the province of Pampanga.

An early trip for a pick up point to join the others going to Pampanga.

Our first stop church is in Minalin, Pampanga, The Sta. Monica Parish Church.

Sta. Monica Parish Church - Minalin, Pampanga
Sta. Monica Parish Church – Minalin, Pampanga

The Sta. Monica Parish Church was declared a National Cultural treasure last August 27, 2011. It was built in 1721.

Altar of Sta. Monica Parish Church of Minalin
Altar of Sta. Monica Parish Church of Minalin

The most notable and striking architectural  feature of the Sta. Monica Church is its organic retablo-like facade.

Next church is in Mexico, Pampanga. The Sta. Monica Parish Church.

Sta. Monica Parish Church - Mexico, Pampanga
Sta. Monica Parish Church – Mexico, Pampanga

The Sta. Monica Parish Churhc in Mexico, Pampanga was built by Fr. Jose dela Cruz in 1665, but it was destroyed during the World War II. What remains is just the Belfry Tower of the former Augustinian-run church.

Next stop. The Sto. Domingo Parish Church of Mexico, Pampanga.

Sto. Domingo Parish Church - Mexico, Pampanga
Sto. Domingo Parish Church – Mexico, Pampanga
Altar of Sto. Domingo Parish Church
Altar of Sto. Domingo Parish Church of Mexico, Pampanga

The Sto. Domingo Parish of Mexico, Pampanga has this architecturally artsy altar’s retablo wider than most of the Pampanga churches.

Before taking a lunch the next stop is the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church of San Luis, Pampanga.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church - San Luis, Pampanga
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church – San Luis, Pampanga

The main attraction of this old church is the three tower facade.

And the day end going to the last church of the trip which is the San Bartolome Church of Magalang, Pampanga.

San Bartolome Church - Magalang, Pampanga
San Bartolome Church – Magalang, Pampanga

The San Bartolome Church of Magalang, Pampanga was established by the Augustinians in 1605. The facade and walls of the church are still of the original design.

As the clouds becoming more darker, we enjoyed the trip around the Pampanga churhes. Our last stop at this church was to cool off. Snack time and this is also the place where we can buy local delicacies ike the pastillas, mazapan, plantilla and others.

It surely more FUN in the Philippines. #itsmorefuninthephilippines #morefuninthephilippines #pinoyadventure

Thanks to the group of “We Are FUNtastic Philippines” for letting me join their funlakwatsa. Hope to join more of their trips.

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