Bacnotan My Hometown: St Michael The Archangel Parish Church





      One of the most visited landmarks in my hometown is the St. Michael the Archangel Parish church. The church is said to have been established in 1583 by Augustinian mission and the structure built sometime in 1598.  "What might be the second church was built from 1817 to 1819 under the supervision of Fr. Juan Zugasti (OSA). This was damaged during the 1860 earthquake and Fr. Saturnino Pinto (OSA) initiated its restoration in 1870 that was completed during the administration of Fr. Bernardo Gonzales (OSA) in 1887."   
Source:Wikimapia
       

     Over the years the structure has been maintained through the enthusiasm and cooperation of Parish priests and church members. I myself find peace sitting on  stacking church chairs, praying and contemplating. I uphold though that each of us are entitled to our own spiritual beliefs and that what matters most is what our hearts hold dear and the good things that we do seen or unseen by others regardless of religious affiliation. Sharing with you photographs of St. Michael the Archangel Parish church and the tranquility I feel being there. May you all be blessed with a  light, joyful heart. 















 -shots taken with my old Sony digicam-
~posts dedicated to my chidhood pals~











20 comments

  1. All the statues are so colorful and nicely maintained. Just like you said, it is a popular place with so many visitors inside the church. Thank you for the tour of your homeland.

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  2. I so love the second picture ate. It's like welcoming the light of the day.

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  3. Pinaka striking yung photo #3.
    I am not a Catholic by religion pero I admire the architecture of churches kahit sa ano pa mang church and the stories behind sa pagkakatayo nito.

    Thank you for the virtual tour in and around the church.
    Blessed Tuesday sis doc Zen.

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  4. Beautiful shots Zen, i love the old architecture of iur churches there, definitely one of our most beautiful structures.

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  5. Beautiful shots of your church, Zen..I love how you embrace other people's belief attitude..It's a great character from you!

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  6. ang ganda noh. tourist attraction plus center of the faith pa.

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  7. The tower of your parish kinda look like the tower of Cagsawa Church in Legazpi.

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  8. That's very nice! Parish Priests can really be a moving force for maintaining and improving our churches with the help of the parish goers. Reminds me of the priest we had in Davao who did the same thing in our church.

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  9. Great shots! That's a pretty old church, so ancient. Parang nakita ko na sya sa history books when I was in elementary?

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  10. such a great place to visit...awesome photos! thanks for sharing!

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  11. Built in 1583, then pwede na itong i-include sa list ng 10 oldest Philippine churches. Sa totoo lang, parang pitong Catholic churches pa lang ang napasok ko, but kahit ilan lang yun, I find them beautifully designed interior and exterior wise. BTW like your photos in particular photo # 8

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  12. Ganda!! Saan po ba 'tong lugar na 'to? =)

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  13. I always love old churches...love the architecture and history. Your church is really beautiful inside and out hope we could visit it someday. It looks that the people who make up the church really values the physical building and it shows their devotion

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  14. It is very nostalgic to see the photos. I miss the Philippines.

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  15. Lovely photos. Especially I like fourth and seventh photos. It's like that you are living in the past in another era. I wish I could take photos like you.

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  16. Beautiful captures of your local Church. The people have done well to preserve it. It looks wonderful. Have a nice week ahead Zen :)

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  17. Beautiful church indeed. saan nga ito?

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    Great blog. Interesting post.
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  19. Wow, that's a nice looking church, thanks for sharing those lovely pictures. I love to visit old churches and admired how it was beautifully built. Have a blessed Sunday. :)

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