A-List: Visita Iglesia 2015- Bulacan

  Known for its delicious chicharon and ensaymada, and its dotted ponds scattered around the province, Bulacan is also a melting pot of different catholic and historical churches. From controversial to unfamed cradles of Bulacan’s towns of Catholicism. Last weekend, I and my friends together with other pilgrims traveled to Bulacan to visit 14 churches. So if you are planning to have Visita Iglesia in this province, you can use this as your itinerary. With no further ado, I will present to you the 14 churches we visited last weekend.
   To commence our pilgrim, first stop, San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church. Located inside Soldier Hills Subdivision, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, the church’ facade is a old but the interior is mixed with modern contemporary design and with Filipino touch as the backdrop of both sides of retablo.

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San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church, SJDM, Bulacan

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Our second stop, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto. This church was in the hot water after a controversy that surrounds the management of the church. Currently, it is not under the Diocese of Malolos nor any sovereignship of nearby Diocese aside from the latter. In short, even Aglipayan  Priests can preside mass in this Lourdes replica edifice.

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  The captivating edifice attracts faithful to pay reverence. Behind this castle like church is the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Station of the Cross.

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   Third, St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

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   Fourth stop, from San Jose del Monte to Angat, the historical and miraculous Sta. Monica de Angat Parish Church.

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  A labor of love, there is so much in this painting. It entails commemoration and history of catholicism.

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Fifth, the Sto. Niño Parish Church in Bustos, Bulacan.

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Elevated from its normal ground, this church is under ongoing renovation. The facade was astounding with its unique design.

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Sixth stop, the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church in Pulilan. This town is known for its annual Carabao Festival.

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There’s nothing to do in this place so we have limited photos we have since all images are covered in purple robes.
  Seventh stop, St. James the Great Parish, Church, Quingoa.

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  Eight stop, the Diocesan Shrine of St. John the Baptist, Calumpit, Bulacan.

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It is currently under renovation and so we entered at the side entrance of the church.

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A mini museum exhibits some of it vintage religious artifacts preserved and under the care of the Shrine.

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  9th stop, the National Shrine of St. Anne, Hagonoy, Bulacan.

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10th stop, it seems like a modern american design of a house but this is a church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

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  Notice the belfry at the left side? Its like a light house that towering the town.

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  11th, St. James the Apostle Parish Church, Paombong, Bulacan.

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  Twelveth, the famous Our Lady of Mt. Carmel or known as Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan.

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   The thirteenth stop, the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral (Malolos Cathedral).

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Caught by darkness, we still managed to finish our Visita Iglesia with the 14th church, St. Isabel of Hungria.

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  And we made it to finish the 14 churches. And capping the jaunt, we went to Eurobake to purchase ensaymada and inipit.
  This pilgrim was made possible by Barefoot Travels. Until next time! More travels to come this year.

Arvin Valencia

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