Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Old Churches of Cavite:
Ternate Church

   I must confess that the 8th church that we visited here in Cavite really isn't one of my favorites. Well simply because the present church structure of the Parish of Sto. Niño de Ternate was built in the 1900's so it doesn't look so old, and I'm such a big fan of oldness.  But I've read that parish was founded in 1633 and there was an original stone church that was built in 1863. But that church was turned to rubble while Filipinos fought for independence in the late 1800s. Nothing was left of the original church but one miraculous treasure...



       The statue of the Santo Niño de Ternate came from Moluccas (Moluku Islands) an archipelago in Indonesia, particularly the island of Ternate that was once a powerful Sultanate. It was an island coveted by the Portugese, Spaniards, and the Dutch for its resources.  When it became impossible for Spain to take over Ternate (because of the Chinese!), they called for their troops there for an expedition to Manila in 1633. Joining them are faithful Christian Ternatean allies, also called Mardicas (Men of the Sea), who brought with them this image of the Holy Child. Eventually the Mardicas were granted land in the vicinity of Maragondon  where they settled and established a town of their own. They named the town Ternate in remembrance of their old home in Moluccas.

      The image is known to be miraculous. Every year the image is bathed and the water that ran down its body is claimed to cure sickness.



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