Monday, April 14, 2014

Old Churches of Pampanga:
Santo Rosario Church

     It's Holy Week! If you plan to do a Visita Iglesia outside the Metro, how about seeing the historic churches of the Pampanga? I went to the province with blogger friends Don and Fitz late in February and this is the first of seven churches that we visited.

      The Santo Rosario (Holy Rosary) Parish in Angeles City was constructed from 1877 to 1897 by forced and unpaid labor of native male Filipino people under the Spanish colonial government. For a year in 1896 the backyard of the church was used as execution grounds for shooting down Pinoy rebels and suspects. The church was also used as military hospital in 1899 to 1900 by the U.S. Army. Yup, this church also had its share of bombing damage during WW2.

Dried up algae on adobe walls echo the church's long history.

The construction of the second half of the church 
and the dome was completed in September 17, 1891.

Doors within the main double doors on which the Via Crucis is carved.  

The local folks call this building "Pisambang Maragul"
which means "Big Church".

See more photos HERE.

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