San Bartolome Apostol Parish / Nagcarlan Church

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After paying a fast go to to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, we headed subsequent to San Bartolome Apostol Parish or just generally known as the Nagcarlan Church. The province of Laguna is the house of a number of the most stunning and well-preserved previous church buildings within the nation and the church of Nagcarlan is certainly one in every of them. When Manila was already conquered by the Spaniards in 1571, they determined to develop their territory by going to all its surrounding provinces to transform extra locals into Christians. The Franciscan friars ultimately began the conversion within the province of Laguna.


Nagcarlan has an fascinating story behind its title. Based on legend, the title was derived from a lady named Ana Kalang (Ana Panalangin) who was additionally known as Nanang Clara. She was a rich native girl who was recognized for her golden salakot and cane which she at all times carried when strolling round city. She was well-respected by the townsfolk not only for her wealth but in addition for the assistance she extends to these in want. Someday, a Spaniard got here to her home and upon searching of the window, he noticed branches swaying and hitting each other, and so he requested what was occurring. Ana Kalang answered and stated “nagkakalang sila”. The phrase was repeatedly mispronounced by the Spaniards till it grew to become Nagcarlan.

Earlier than the arrival of the Spaniards, Nagcarlan was only a small barangay headed by Datu Gat Lakilaw. It was quickly colonized by the Spaniards in 1571 led by Captain Juan de Salcedo (grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi). The conversion of the natives to Christianity started shortly after the arrival of the primary group of Franciscans in 1578. This mission was led by Padre Juan De Plasencia (one of many first Franciscan friars who arrived within the nation and the creator behind the Doctrina Christiana) and Padre Diego Oropesa. In 1583, the city, was formalized by the Franciscan missionary Padre Tomas de Miranda, the Spanish priest who held the excellence of getting introduced from Spain the primary seed of wheat that ever sowed within the Philippine soil.


A replica of Doctrina Christiana displayed in Nationwide Museum of Anthropology)

The primary church of Nagcarlan was constructed with gentle supplies and was devoted beneath the patronage of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. Multiple and a half century later, the second stone church was constructed beneath the time period of Padre Cristobal Torres in 1752. In 1845, the city started to have some extra enhancements beneath the path of Fr. Vicente Velloc who was additionally the identical priest behind the development of the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. This reconstruction used adobe bricks and elaborately designed ceramic tiles which might nonetheless be seen right this moment.


The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Not like the well-known church of Liliw that comes with full red-bricked facade, Nagcarlan church options an alternating sample of darkish stone and adobe pink bricks. It comes with a number of niches with iron-grills, capiz, and stained-glass home windows depicting photos of Our Woman of Guadalupe, San Diego Alcala, and San Bartolome Apostol. You’ll additionally discover a small area of interest on its pediment that enshrines an previous statue of Saint Bartholomew.

Statue of San Bartolome Apostol


Hole Cross on prime of the church’s pediment


Nagcarlan Church Bell tower

Adjoining to the church is a four-story excessive bell tower that was constructed in 1781 in the course of the time period of Padre Fernando de la Puebla. As everyone knows, the church of Nagcarlan and its bell tower grew to become extra well-liked after it was featured in 1974 film “Kampanerang Kuba” starring Vilma Santos and its television sequence remake in 2005 starring Anne Curtis.

Elaborately designed ceramic flooring of Nagcarlan Church

The church welcomes you to an equally beautiful inside. The very first thing you’ll discover is the attractive and intricately detailed ceramic tile flooring.


Central nave and altar

The facet of the church options a number of niches housing numerous saints and an vintage pulpit.

Vintage Pulpit of the church


Intricate particulars of the pulpit

It includes a golden retablo mayor with bas reliefs depicting the life and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The retablo mayor of Nagcarlan Church


The decrease area of interest includes a bas reduction depicting the Calvary


Bas reliefs depicting the Pentecost, the resurrection, and the Immaculate coronary heart of Mary

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One other set of bas reliefs on the primary altar depicting the Triumphant entry of Jesus in Nazareth, the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus, and the Nativity


The Ascension of Christ

One of many facet altars that enshrines the picture of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, the city’s patron saint
The opposite facet altar enshrines the picture of the city’s secondary patron, San Diego de Alcala

The three stunning altars of Nagcarlan Church

You can too discover an vintage bas reduction that depicts the interpretation of heaven, purgatory and hell. You can too discover work of the identical interpretation in different church buildings in Laguna. Most notably the church of Paete (together with previous work of San Cristobal) and Pakil Church (Diocesan Shrine of Our Woman of Turumba)

Santo Cristo


Picture of San Diego de Alcala close to the primary entrance


Picture of San Bartolome Apostol close to the primary entrance

Issues You Ought to Know in regards to the San Bartolome Apostol Parish in Nagcarlan, Laguna

  • The primary church was based in 1578 and was formally declared in 1583
  • The city is celebrating its feast day each August 24 (Feast day of Saint Bartholomew)
  • Additionally they have a 5-day feast known as Ana Kalang Pageant the place they carry out the favored Kalang-kalang dance
  • For mass schedule and actions, be happy to go to their FB Web page : Parokya Ni San Bartolome Apostol

This publish is a part of my Laguna Pilgrimage sequence 2022: Be happy to test the remainder of my entries right here:

Additionally be happy to go to my articles about these Laguna church buildings

Locations to go to in Laguna

Information References: OFM Archives Philippines / Manner Again Machine / WikiMedia / Parokya ni San Bartolome Apostol 


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