The Holy Week Holy Thursday Visita Iglesia 2017 in the Province of Bataan
Visita Iglesia, which translates literally to “church visit” in Spanish, means to explore churches with prayer, meditation and full acknowledgement of Jesus’ sufferings. It is a Holy Week tradition of Roman origin, which is practiced by a number of Filipino Christians by visiting at least seven churches usually starting Maundy Thursday.
Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Bataan is known for its rich cultural and historical heritage, warm Filipino hospitality and scenic natural landscapes comprising of lofty mountains with enchanting waterfalls, lush green valleys and exotic beaches. One of the most visited destinations in the Philippines. Bataan is a tourist’s delight, offering many important historical sites and an exciting range of recreational activities to its visitors.These are the 7 catholic churches and religious destinations spread out in Bataan that you will be visiting.
4:00 AM – Assembly and breakfast at Mc Donald’s – Shell Station at the corner of Ortigas Avenue corner F. Ortigas Street (infront of Meralco) Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
4:30 AM – Departure for Bataan to visit the following churches:
St.Michael de Archangel Parish (Orion)
The San Miguel Archangel Parish Church, commonly referred to as Orion Church, is a 19th-century, Baroque church located at Brgy. San Vicente, Orion, Bataan, Philippines. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Michael, the Archangel, is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balangan. It is probably has the best-preserved retablo in the province of Bataan. The marker outside the church mentions that Orion became independent from Abucay in 1667.
Our Lady of the Pillar Church (Pilar)
Second stop at a well – preserved adobe structure with its belfry located on top of the main façade. The construction of the church started in 1834 after the storm led the Spaniards to this place. Today, the church stands strong for the local pilgrims and tourists. The feast day is celebrated every 12 of October.
St. Joseph Cathedral (Balanga City)
Established in April 1, 1741. It is formally known as Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of Saint John in Balanga. Several years of strengthening the structure and renovations showed the tireless hearts of the missionaries and devotees. An afternoon reflection in the cathedral with the Spanish themes plaza is surely an inspiring experience.
St. Dominic Church (Abucay)
The building is more than 400 years old. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, built during the Spanish period. The construction was headed by Father Geronimo se Belen in the 1600s. The church was established and designed in Spanish architectural style.. This church has surely witnessed every single event in Abucay since the day it was established. This is not only a religious site, but a tourist attraction as well, drawing pilgrims from all over the country and other historians.Their feast day is on August 4, celebrations are expressed through music, singing, dancing, feasting, beauty contests, balls, processions, sports challenges, you name it they have it.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish (Samal)
St. Catherine of Siena , the second oldest church in Bataan which houses the more than 400-year old Image of Saint Catherine of Siena, images of Jesus and other saints, has attracted pilgrims coming from various provinces and cities during the Holy Week.
The original Images of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario were believed brought by the Dominicans to this town in 1596. It seems to have the most-intact convento of all Bataan’s churches. The parish was entrusted to Dominicans in 1596. The church was destroyed during the Dutch Invasion and the Philippine Revolution. Dutch invaders attacked in April 1674. But the local garrison of Pampanga under the command of Alejo Aguas repelled the Dutch forces. The church and the convent were ruined during the invasion. In 1986, the church was burned by Katipuneros to drive out their enemies in the convent. The church and the convent was rebuilt in 1903.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church (Orani)
The Roman Catholic church of Orani, declared as an independent parish on April 21, 1714, and also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church is named after its Patroness, “Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Orani“. The church is an example of a mixture of old and new architecture. Although the church was drastically restructured and changed, it still maintains the same lines and design of the old façade albeit with a different finish. The ceiling was heightened, the tile flooring changed to marble and the upper side windows demolished to give way to modern stained glass artwork despite the church’s original Baroque and Neoclassic theme. The former Neoclassic altar, which was demolished in the late 1980s, has become the inspiration for the current altar which was built and blessed in 2012.
St. Peter of Verona Church (Hermosa)
The town of Hermosa lies on the northern portion of the province of Bataan, One of the most celebrated churches of Bataan. They say that long ago, the people of Hermosa who live near the river found a boat with a statue of a saint inside it. They found out that it was St. Peter of Verona and this is the reason why the said saint became the patron of this community. Historically, the town was established in 1756 by Dominican priests. It became an independent missionary center in 1756 with St. Peter de Verona as its patron saint. St. Peter of Verona Parish Church of Hermosa, Bataan features a baroque-style façade with marvelous stained-glasses windows amid the splendor of the ornaments inside the church which illuminates the whole of Hermosa. The major retablo of Hermosa is made more attractive by the variations of saints placed in it amid its majestic dome. Our Catholic Churches may bring remembrance of our colonial past, being colonized by the Spaniards for more than 300 years. But all the more, sight of the churches graces us with a mere feeling of guidance and helps us achieve the state of being high in spirit.
For our culinary experience, we shall have lunch at Joyous Tangway Grill in Balanga City, Bataan.
Dinner shall be served at Hermosa, Bataan.
TOUR COST per person: Php 3,500.00
- Air-conditioned bus transportation
- Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
- One day travel Insurance (up to 75 years old only)
- Visit churches with Spiritual Director and Tour coordinator
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