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Holy Week in Pampanga and My First Visita Iglesia

***Reposting from 2013***

In my early post Let’s Get Holy, I told you about me and JD experiencing Holy Week in Pampanga. We spent our Holy Week there because my husband was here for a vacation. And here is the post showing pictures taken by my husband’s niece Nelvie Ignacio.

Prior to having Visita Iglesia, I witnessed the penitensya wherein some men smashed their back, here goes the photos.

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I cannot imagine how painful that was 🙁 :((

My husband used to do this when he was young, the reason being according to him was to pray that he may not get the ____. It doesn’t mean that a person doing this is bad, I believe they do it because they are praying and wishing for the goodness of others, like a family member or the like.

And we now go to the Visita Iglesia. On a Thursday night, because I can’t report for work as there was transportation problem, I joined in the Visita Iglesia. Here are the 7 churches we visited.

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First stop – Parish of St. James the Apostle in Betis, Pampanga.

Brief History

Source: Santiago Apostol Parish Church

The 1607 Santiago Apostol Parish Church, commonly known as Betis Church or Parish Church of St. James the Apostle is a Baroque (heritage) Church, located in Betis, Pampanga. It is a Spanish-era church declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and the NCCA on November 5, 2001 (one of only 26 churches in the country bestowed that honor). It is part of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of the Archdiocese of San Fernando. In 2009, the National Museum installed a marker of its 2005 Proclamation.

The Church is named after “Apung Tiago” or Santiago Matamoros (“Saint James the Moor-slayer”). James, son of Zebedee, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was a son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of John the Apostle. He is also called James the Greater to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus, who is also known as James the Less).

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Momma Dhi Daddy J and JD Inside the Betis Church
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Inside Cabalantian Church

Next was at the Cabalantian Church – one of the half – buried Church. You may see below that the roof is almost head high. and the entrance-my husband is taller than it.

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The Church’s Entrance

Third was at Bacolor Pampanga – San Guillermo Parish Church, my husband said, it is where Santino had their shoot for their May Bukas Pa teleserye.

Brief History

Source: San Guillermo Parish Church

San Guillermo Parish Church is named after San Guillermo, the patron saint of Bacolor, Pampanga, the Philippines, where the church is erected. The church was originally constructed by the Agustinian Friars in 1576 – also the town’s founding – with Fr. Diego De Ochoa, OSA, as the town’s first parish priest.having been installed as such two years after.

In 1880, the church was destroyed by an earthquake only to be rebuilt by Fr. Eugenio Alvarez in 1886. On September 3, 1995, lahar flow from the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo which erupted into world notice on June 15, 1991, buried the church at half its 12-m height prompting its more than 50,000 town residents to evacuate to safer grounds in resettlement areas.

Pictures follow

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Back View
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Front View

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Inside the Bacolor Church – see JD?
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JD looks up at Mama Mary – she know her already at her young age
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Church Half-Buried
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Showing Lahar Flooded Areas
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One of the doors

Next are the churches from San Juan, Sta Lucia, Sto Rosario and Mexico Pampanga. Pictures follow.

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The tour started at 6:30 and finished ammmmmm…can’t remember. I fell asleep during the 6th and 7th church visit, pardon me as I was sleepless that time.

I want to do this again and again, I reiterate, I am thankful that my husband brought me close to that 😉

Till then,

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