Early this 12 months, I used to be capable of go to 14 lovely church buildings within the province of Laguna. Again in 2019, we had a pilgrimage tour organized by our parish the place we visited some notable outdated church buildings within the province together with the historic church of Saint James the Apostle in Paete, the not too long ago declared Nationwide Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua in Pila, the shrine of Our Woman of Guadalupe in Pagsanjan, the house of Our Woman of Turumba in Pakil, the Immaculate Conception Parish in Santa Cruz, Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Parish in Mabitac, and Nuestra Señora de la Natividad in Pangil. I’m actually glad that I used to be capable of go to extra historic church buildings in Laguna this 12 months.
We began our tour in San Agustin Parish in Bay, Laguna which I had an opportunity to go to final 2020 throughout the peak of the COVID19 Pandemic. We headed subsequent to the city of Victoria to go to the La Resurreccion Parish. The city of Victoria is a 4th class municipality in Laguna and might be finest generally known as the Duck elevating capital of the Philippines. La Resurreccion Parish gave the impression to be the one Catholic church within the city however there are notable chapels close by together with the San Roque chapel and San Isidro chapel.
In comparison with its neighboring cities, La Resurreccion Parish is comparatively new (being established within the twentieth century). Regardless of this, the city of Victoria is the house to one of many oldest church ruins within the nation. Positioned in Barrio Pagalangan are the ruins from the primary San Antonio de Padua church. Pagalangan (which suggests “the place of reverence) isn’t just previously a part of Pila, Laguna however was truly the middle of the city. The Franciscans constructed the primary church devoted to Saint Anthony within the highest level of Pagalangan that faces the Laguna de Bay. The development of the stone church began in 1599 and was inaugurated in 1617. Nevertheless, attributable to frequent flooding, the city middle of Pila was moved to a different place (Santa Clara, Pila) and Pagalangan ultimately turned a part of Victoria, Laguna.
The ruins of the primary Pila Church in Barrio Pagalangan (Photograph by Romeo Tope)
Victoria was previously generally known as Nanhaya and was initially a part of Pila, Laguna. Outstanding residents and civic leaders discover new hope to make Nanhaya a city, when the People granted the Philippine Independence in 1946.They revived the transfer to separate from Pila. This time residents proposed to call the city Trinidad, after the younger republic’s First Woman, the spouse of then President Manuel Roxas however the proposal was initially opposed and shelved. When Elpidio Quirino took over the presidency, a number of the most outstanding and wealthiest households of the city together with the Fernandez clans, Andres Franco, Dr. Agrifino Oca, Gregorio Herradura and Leonardo “Ma Adong” Rebong intensified the marketing campaign to make Nanhaya a separate city. In November 15, 1949, President Quirino lastly signed the Government Order segregating Nanhaya and eight different barrio into an unbiased neighborhood. As a substitute of Trinidad, Nanhaya was ultimately named Victoria, a reputation adopted from President Quirino’s daughter – Victoria Quirino.
One of many outstanding personalities behind this marketing campaign – Leonardo Rebong aka Ma Adong additionally performed an enormous function within the institution of La Resurrection Parish in Victoria. The development of La Resurreccion Parish was first conceptualized in 1963. In response to Jose Salvador Dator’s request, Leonardo Rebong exchanged his land (the present web site of the parish) to a web site close to the Nanhaya faculty. Couple Teodoro C. Dator at Peregrina R. Rebong additionally lend further land to widen the church and to supply sufficient area for a Catholic faculty and different services that the church may want sooner or later.
The development of the church and its convent passed off in 1964. It took a few years till the present church was lastly accomplished in 1991. The church was designed by Architect Reynaldo Espiritu. Because the identify suggests, the parish is devoted beneath the patronage of the Resurrected Christ.
The church has a really spacious panorama which makes it probably the most lovely marriage ceremony venues in Laguna. It comes with a easy and fewer ornate facade. The combination of concrete and pink bricks of Victoria church by some means jogs my memory of the Saint Joseph Parish in Bailen, Cavite. The church welcomes you with a big porch in the principle entrance. It comes with a big area of interest on the middle of its facade with a picture of the Resurrected Christ. The four-story excessive bell tower is located on the far-right aspect of the church.
The inside of the church is equally lovely which highlights a shocking red-bricked and marble-walled sanctuary. It additionally comes with a sequence of stained-glass home windows depicting pictures of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus, Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary and different saints like San Isidro and San Agustin to call just a few.
Central nave and altar
The primary altar has a big single area of interest that options the picture of the Crucified Christ with the statue of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus and Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary on each side.
The aspect altars enshrines the photographs of the Resurrected Christ and Nuestra Señora de Alegria (The Virgin of Pleasure)
The primary altar of La Resurreccion Parish
The primary altar with the picture of the Crucified Christ
The Resurrected Christ
Nuestra Señora de Alegria
Saint Michael the Archangel
Our Woman of Victory
Our Woman of the Holy Rosary
Issues you must know in regards to the La Resurreccion Parish in Victoria, Laguna
- The parish was constructed in 1964 and was accomplished in 1991
- Each day Mass Schedule: Mondays (6 AM); Tuesdays -Road Mass (6 PM); Wednesdays (6AM and 6PM – Road Mass); Thursdays (6 AM); Friday (6 PM); Saturdays (6 AM and 6 PM); and Sundays (6 AM and 9 AM)
- Be sure that to not miss close by pasalubong facilities like Itlog ni Kuya to purchase their well-known balut and penoy
This publish is a part of my Laguna Pilgrimage sequence 2022: Be happy to verify the remainder of my entries right here:
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Data references: La Resurreccion Parish FB Web page / Victoria Laguna Historical past and Legacy / Pila Laguna Tumblr / Romeo Tope /