Visita Iglesia in Quezon

Church visit around Quezon province at the foot of Mt. Banahaw is what I always wanted, like the heritage churches of Lucban and Tayabas. Their antiquity fascinates me as I read each marker tracing their history and as a patriot of my own, I’m proud that we preserve these indelible treasures from the past. In this post, I’ll show the churches I visited in the province of Quezon so far. Note that these were the pictures last taken on my visit a few years ago.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena (Latin: Dioecesis Lucenensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines with the seat in Lucena City. The Roman Rite Latin Church diocese was erected in 1950 from the Archdiocese of Lipa to become a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese. In 1977, the Diocese of Boac, which covers the parishes in the island-province of Marinduque, was created and separated from Lucena. In 1984, the Diocese of Lucena was further divided with the creation of the Diocese of Gumaca, which covers the municipalities of Quezon province east of Gumaca, Quezon. The seat of the diocese is Cathedral-Parish of Saint Ferdinand in Lucena City.
Our Lady Of Sorrows Shrine is a church located at Dolores, Quezon. It was declared as a national shrine last 15th day of June 2017. Every Sunday, many tourists came to see, pray and devote Birhen Dolorosa which is the patron of OFWs. Known to the devout of Quezon Province and even beyond, the town of Dolores is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows and its people are as zealous in keeping their heritage alive with spectacles drawing visitors both near and far.
Saint John the Baptist Parish Church of Tiaong
San Pedro Bautista Parish Church of Candelaria
St Francis of Assisi Church is a Roman Catholic church in Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines. Based on the Historical marker of St. Francis of Assisi Church, the first structure was constructed in 1599. The second church was built in 1605 but was replaced by a third church in 1641. In 1703 the town was transferred to Lumangbayan but the earthquakes and floods of 1743 destroyed the church and the town caused the people to transfer to the present site. The present church was built in 1748 during the term of 2 Spanish Friars namely, Fr. Martin de Talavera and Fr. Joaquin Alapont.
The church houses the Sto. Cristo de Burgos image which is more popular than the acknowledged patron saint St. Francis of Assisi, as the former was believed to be miraculous and visited by pilgrims from far away places. According to Eric Dedace, PRO of Sariaya Tourism Council, the image was a gift of King Felipe V to the people of Lumang Bayan.
In 1743, when the town site was destroyed by natural disasters and by Muslim invasion which leveled the town to the ground, the image of Santo Cristo de Burgos remained unscathed which they considered a miracle. The surviving residents wrapped the image in white cloth and then carried it further up Mount Banahaw slopes to find a much more suitable place to build a community.
 According to the story, the four men carrying the image rested a bit but when they tried to lift the icon, it became very heavy. They took it as another miracle and a sign from heaven that the town’s people built a church on the exact site where the present Church of Saint Francis Assisi is located. The revered icon is now perpetually enshrined behind the Retablo.
Lucena Cathedral (Filipino: Katedral ng Lucena), canonically the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral Parish (Filipino: Parokyang Katedral ni San Fernando), is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Lucena, Quezon, Philippines. The seat of the Bishop of Lucena, it is dedicated to Saint Ferdinand III of Castile, a 13th century monarch who reigned in parts of modern-day Spain. The cathedral is situated at Barangay 5 (Poblacion), in the city proper of Lucena.
The Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, (Tagalog: Basilika Menor ni San Miguel Arkangel; Spanish: Basílica Menor de San Miguel Arcángel) commonly known as the Tayabas Basilica, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena.
Its titular is Saint Michael the Archangel, whose feast is celebrated annually on September 29. The church at Tayabas is generally considered to be Baroque architecture. The unusual three-storey arrangement of the facade includes has an entrance flanked by two niches in Mudejar style.
One of the most beautiful, largest and with longest aisle old churches in the Philippines. The church is the largest in the province of Quezon; and is built in the shape of a key.
Locals often refer to the church as Susi ng Tayabas (“The Key of Tayabas”). The church’s 103-metre (338-foot) aisle also has the longest nave among Spanish colonial era churches in the Philippines.
Hence, it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure. On October 18, 1988, the title Minor Basilica was conferred upon the church by Pope John Paul II.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church of Pagbilao
The San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church (also Saint Louis of Toulouse Parish Church), commonly known as the Lucban Church, is a Roman Catholic parish church located in Lucban, Quezon, Philippines under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena. Its titular is Saint Louis of Toulouse. The church follows the baroque design. It has a three-story facade. The second level features semi-circular windows flanked by Corinthian columns and niches containing statues of saints. The church also has an octagonal, three-story belltower standing on a square base

Quezon West-East Route: Dolores-Tiaong-Candelaria-Sariaya-Lucena City-Pagbilao-Tayabas City-Lucban

Have a blessed visita iglesia everyone! (n_n)

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