A-List: Visita Iglesia 2015: Pampanga

   It is with the heat and sweltering days that ushered same as the season of lent. Catholics commemorating the sufferings of Jesus Christ in many ways. By lenten exhibition of Santo Images, Adoration Activities, Retreat/ Recollections, and for the holy jaunt, Visita Iglesia.
  The Philippines were so blessed that we are filled with gorgeous churches scattered in different provinces, its like we are a melting pot of Saints nested in various local churches. Last year, we scoured churches in Batangas and this year, we went up North to take a glimpse of what the Northern region can offer. This would be my Part 1 of my Visita Iglesia this year and I went first to Pampanga: Gateway to the North.
  Together with the members of Lord of Pardon Group from our Parish, we traversed to Pampanga and did Station of the Cross. With seven historical churches, thirty pilgrimers, All are in one in remembering Christ during this time.
  First on our list, the Holy Rosary Parish, Angeles City, Pampanga.

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Nested in the heart of the city, the Church was one of historical event of the Kapampangans. In this church, where Apung Mamacalulu is rested is said to believe that it did some miraculous appeal to the piety.

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Second, the Saint Augustine Church of Lubao.

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   Declared as National Treasure, St. Augustine Church or Lubao Church is indeed offers a unique edifice style with bricks complementing to the bizarre look of the interior part of the church.

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   Third stop, Immaculate Conception Church of Guagua.

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    The fourth on our list is dubbed as the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines due to its majestic ceiling art work, the St. James the Apostle Church (Betis Church). Still in Guagua, Pampanga.

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    Our Lady of Betis was once put into a limelight not because of her divine intercession but it was stoled few times. But with her mysterious intervention, she managed to return to his home and was recovered by locals.

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    Remember Santino of May Bukas Pa? A soap opera show that revolves on the life of a young man who can see and talk to Jesus Christ and helped him with his plan to return people to God. Well, the setting of the shoot was here in our fifth station, the San Guillermo Church or famously known as the Sunken Church.

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Bacolor was strucked with major lahar landslide during the area’s early year and one of its devastation mark was the present Bacolor Church.

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   At the center is the Our Lady of La Naval.

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   Sixth stop, San Fernando Cathedral. Too bad we weren’t able to took a photo of the Santo Images inside the Cathedral due to they were covered in purple robes already.

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    Capping our Visita Iglesia in Pampanga is St. Matias Chuch, Minalin, Pampanga.

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  And we are blessed that day because we have a member who was celebrating a birthday that time. So we stopped at the nearest Teresa of Guagua  to munch on their famous halo-halo. That’s all for now. Thank you and have a meaningful lent.
 

Arvin Valencia

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