Saturday, March 28, 2015

Old Churches of Cavite:
Kawit Church

  You may have visited Kawit to see the Aguinaldo Shrine. But have you ever step foot inside the beautiful Church of St. Mary Magdalene? Well good for you if you have! I'm sure you will agree that this church is truly a jewel in the town of Kawit. 

      The construction of the present structure began in 1737. Yup it's really old. In fact our very first Philippine President, Emilio Aguinaldo, was baptized here. Americans bombarded this church in the war of 1898 when they learned that Filipino leaders were hiding here for protection. But the good old Kawitenyos repaired it soon after, keeping the original finish of brick and lime plaster.

       When we got here there was a mass. It was in celebration of the foundation day of St. Mary Magdalene School. I think the church was able to seat all the elementary and highschool students. Yeah it's that big!

The grand retablo, beatifuly baroque in gold and white.

     The parquet dome ceiling looks really elegant. As if it was woven together.

    The retablo at the left wing houses the antique life-size statue of St. Mary Magdalene. The statue is said to be miraculous. You'll also find in this part of the church the birth certificate of Emilio Aguinaldo.

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