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Monday, June 15, 2009

San Guillermo Parish Church

One of Pampanga's oldest church which is situated in Bacolor, Pampanga was hit by lahar when the world - famous Mt. Pinatubo erupted back in 1995. It was named after the town's Patron Saint, San Guillermo. This church was actually constructed during the Spanish regime by the Agustinian Friars in 1576. It features fascinating works of architecture, such as its classic altar in antique carved design and décor blending with religious frescos reminiscent of neoclassical works of European art. Two main catastrophic event - earthquake in 1880, lahar flowed from Mt. Pinatubo in 1995 shook the said church. Half the church was actually buried when the lahar flowed; considering that it's 12-m in height.

Two main reasons why I wanted to visit this church was, first, a friend of mine regularly visits this place and told me that it really is a must visit. Second, the hit teleserye "May Bukas Pa" had this place as the main part of their setting. The first time I visited this church, I was amazed as to how high the lahar flowed and dried out. It took almost half the height of the church. Imagine the door being used now, it was originally the second floor or balcony of the said church before the lahar came. Given another chance, I would most definitely visit and pray inside this church. Renovation is ongoing for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

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