6 Old churches of Pampanga
It’s been awhile since I wrote an article for my blog and it’s a bit late for this one but I’m hoping you can still visit these 6 beautiful old churches in Pampanga. If you are fascinated and love to see church artworks like paintings and sculptures, well then you are welcome. Pampanga is rich with food, history, and culture on this event the “Instameet” I had a chance to see and learn about the history of the churches. So big thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event successful plus I had to meet new friends who are also Instagram influencers.
Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando
The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando City is the seat of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga. On October 17, 1757, townsfolk petitioned the governor-general for exemptions from the tribute to allow them to build the church and convent. Construction was completed in 1808. The church was rededicated to the Assumption of Our Lady.
St. Augustine Church
The Church of St. Augustine in Lubao, Pampanga is the province’s oldest church. Founded in 1572 in Barrio Sta. Catalina. It is out of locally-made brick and sand mixed in egg contributed by the people of Lubao.
Santa Rita de Cascia Parish Church
Santa Rita is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. The single-nave church is 55m long, 13m wide and 10m high. It has a large and well lit transept. The solid brass surface has baroque style and the single columns are relatively slender. The construction of the church of Sta. Rita as we recognize it nowadays goes to the town prior, Fr. Francisco Royo, who started the masonry in 1839. It was finished by Fr. Juan Merino in 1869.
Betis Church of Guagua
Constructed in 1754 and then completed in 1770, the Betis Church is marked by Baroque-inspired architecture which was predominant during its period of construction. The primary attraction of the Church is the original ceiling mural created by the known painter Simon Flores (1839-1904). The retablo, a classic altar, is ornately designed with carved decorations. The religious frescoes in the ceiling and murals on the wall with its intricate sculpture and paintings in gold dust are reminiscent of the Renaissance age of European Art.
San Guillermo Parish Church
Constructed in 1576, the church was named after San Guillermo, the patron saint of Bacolor. Similar to most Spanish made churches, the San Guillermo Parish Church even shows a Baroque architectural style and design. Years after Mount Pinatubo’s devastating lahar flow ravaged the province of Pampanga, the San Guillermo Church yet stands proud, whilst half-sized, along Bacolor’s town plaza. The church boasts of having main retablo, side retablos and pulpit that are heavily gilded with gold leaves. The unique style of the church signifies the Baroque style of architecture
Holy Rosary Parish Church
The most distinctive landmark of Angeles City today is its historic and significant monument, the Holy Rosary Church, with its familiar double bell towers and its age-old, symmetrical Romanesque façade, emerging in sharp distinction to the present-day structures and nearby mall that surround the peripherals of the historic district. Holy Rosary Parish was inaugurated by Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and his wife Dona Rosalia, founders of what is now the City of Angeles. The first edifice was a chapel made of wood and nipa (a native type of palm, frequently used in construction).