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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.

Check out the photos.