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Bulacan Pilgrimage – 5th Stop: National Shrine of St. Anne, Hagonoy

The first instance I saw the National Shrine of St. Anne in Hagonoy, I blurted out: “Wow a pink church!” Indeed, it was pink and green through and through except for its intricate carvings of saints on the wooden doors, and the wooden pews with carved names of families, perhaps avid church supporters. The interiors such as ceilings and walls were all in rose color. The altar was also in rose mixed with dark green. It’s a beautiful church.  :)

Sta. Ana Church in Hagonoy, Bulacan was declared a National Shrine (and then renamed to National Shrine of St. Anne) on October 29, 1991 by the Catholic Bishops Conferene of the Philippines (CBCP).

Like other old churches, the Augustinian friars’ influence is so marked in its arhitectural design. The church’s notable features are the massive Tuscan columns that give the structure an upward thrust and the rose windows at the center makes the location of the choir loft. The bell tower, lofty and tapering, has six levels and harmonizes with the facade. The images of Augustinian saints as well as the large portico were added to the structure in the 20th century.

the intricate carvings on the wooden doors are awesome!

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Bulacan Pilgrimage – 4th Stop: St. John the Baptist Parish, Calumpit, Bulacan

Our last stop in the morning was in the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Calumpit, Bulacan. We also had our lunch there.

About the church:

Built in 1572, the St. John the Baptist Church is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under the supervision of Augustinian priest Fr. Diego Vivar-Ordoñez, the church had been witness to the Filipino’s struggle against Spanish, American and Japanese rule. Inside the church is a tunnel that, according to history, was used by priests during the Spanish regime to keep gold, religious statues, and ornate jewelry hidden from the sight of treasure hunters. Likewise, it is in this tunnel where revolutionaries and Spaniards were buried during the war. This was also Gen. Tanaka’s (Japanese Imperial Army) last battlefield. [Source]

The facade of the church told us that it was an old church, but when we were inside, we were welcomed by a well-maintained and polished altar set in gold. We didn’t see any sign of wear and tear in the walls and ceilings, and even in the chandeliers.

See it for yourself.

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Bulacan Pilgrimage – 3rd Stop: San Isidro Labrador, Pulilan

When we got to San Isidro Labrador Church in Pulilan, it was almost noon. Maybe that was why the church was dark, lights were closed, and one panel of the door was open.

The church is one of the most historical churches in the Province of Bulacan. The town of Pulilan was once named San Isidro, in honor of San Isidro, the patron saint of the farmers.

On May 15, the feast day, the famous Carabao Festival is held when farmers bring their carabaos to the town plaza to be blessed and then paraded around town.

Bulacan Pilgrimage – 2nd Stop: San Agustin Parish Church, Baliwag

After visiting The National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Marilao, we headed for the San Agustin Parish Church in Baliwag.

The Parish Church of San Agustin is striking not only for its massiveness but also for its lofty and airy bell tower. The facade is said to be baroque. It has two levels topped by a triangle pediment. The huge, unharmonized relief at the lower portion of the belfry was only a latter addition that entailed covering up the circular window.

Unfortunately, the facade is marred by a huge portico that blocks a good view of the church. The church is showing its age, too. The stones and bricks appear to be pulverizing and disintegrating. Also the presence of beggars and street waifs somehow spoil the area.

Also, we were not able to take photos as the church was dark and was being prepared for a wedding.

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Bulacan Pilgrimage – 1st Stop: National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

The Holy Eucharist Parish of Moonwalk Paranaque is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. One of the church activities is a pilgrimage to Bulacan churches.

So last Saturday, my whole family joined the pilgrimage. Our first stop was The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Sta. Rosa 1, Marilao, Bulacan.

Since early 1990s, more than 300,000 devotees of the 3 o’clock Habit have flocked to the Shrine. The main altar features the life-sized painting of the Divine Mercy. The images of the Seven Archangels are included in the main altar. At the lower part of the Shrine and situated at the back, is the Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima. There is also an Adoration Chapel, which houses the painting of the Last Vision of Fatima. Adjacent to it is the so-called “Rosary Hill.” The 15 mysteries and the 14 stations of the cross help people experience conversion, healing, and a deeper relationship with God.

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