Sunday, November 04, 2007

Churches of Siquijor

Feels like the holy week but the first thing we did at Siquijor was to visit its famous century-old churches. After all, the smallest island province in the Central Visayas is the home of the historical St. Isidore Labradore church and convent constructed in 1891, believed to be one of the oldest and the biggest in Asian and the bell tower of St. Francis of Assisi built in 1870.

They say Siquijor heals the spirit of any weary traveler with its peace and tranquility. So before our venture the mountains of the island and explore the its folk traditions of healing rituals, it was only proper that we offer prayers and visit its famous Christian churches.



ST. ISIDORE LABRADORE CHURCH AND CONVENT







Located in Lazi, The San Isidro Labrador Church and San Isidro Labrador Convent are both located in Lazi and they are just facing each other. The Church is made up of local hardwood and coral stones and was completed in 1884. The Lazi Convent on the other hand is being renovated at the moment but its original state was completed in 1894. For more info on these places, please check out the site of Siquijor Heritage Foundation, Incorporated which is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the rich cultural heritageof the island province of Siquijor.



OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE BELL TOWER


Located in the peaceful town of Maria, Our Lady of Divine Providence Church and Belfry was built and established in 1889 during the Spanish Times. At present, maintenance are being performed on the
Belfry.


SIQUIJOR CHAPEL


I have spotted this chapel along the coral road heading to Mount Bandila-an. Aside from Siquijor's century churches, the Island also houses several chapels located in its various barangays.



ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH & BELLTOWER



Located in Poblacion, these are the first famous landmark that you will see if you go to the island by boat. A "Welcome to Siquijor" marker in the garden is located just in front of the church.

The church is made of stone, cruciform and had a nipa roof. The adjoining convento was likewisw made of stone rubble. The belfry stands independently from the church in the middle of the plaza. This arrangement suggests that the tower also served as a defensive structure - a watchtower to warn the people of approaching danger.

more of Siquijor on my next posts...

17 comments:

  1. Nice shots. I have been to Siquijor also and your pics reminded me of the places I have visited.

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  2. the church and convent of St.
    Lawstude,

    I have visited Isidore Labradore and ehat I have noticed is that it is devoid of intricate designs. The base structure and walls are made entirely of stone, where moss and ferns have thrived after years of being white-washed and beaten by the elements. Windows made of wood and capiz shells even remind you of scenes that you've read in Rizal's Noli or El Fili.

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  3. thank you for leaving me a message in my biyahengpinoy blog about my siquijor trip. it's nice to know that someone else is doing the exact same thing that i was doing. i hope that you found what you were looking for in the mountains. what i found were great friends and very warm people in siquijor. hope to meet you in one of your travels.

    ps. have you seen my masskara pictures and video yet?

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  4. @ ray patrick - memories are for keeps right. glad i have reminded you of Siquijor. good memories (i hope).

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  5. @ kitek - for a moment i thought ur referring to me as saint lawstude hehehe. nice observation of the labardore church though, are you an engineer or architect or something?

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  6. @ biyahengpinoy - hope to meet you too, ill blog is really cool and ill check it a lot in days to come. thanx for visiting.

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  7. Interesting visit!

    (:

    Salamat sa pagdaan sa site ko Lawstude. It's good to have new visitors sometimes.

    Off topic; my baby girl is the second pet as my first canine died last year. I comprehend the pain and I was unwilling to accept his death. I was in the city studying for my exams when he passed away. It took me more than a year to get my new baby girl because I was not ready still pero now, I am. I'm sure you'll heal one day.

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  8. Wow naman libot na naman. Sana makapunta din ako jan someday.

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  9. Visiting old churches is both spiritual and historic. Glad you enjoyed doing this.

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  10. was there in Siquijor only in a few hours, a sidetrip when i was in dumaguete. saw the welcome to siquijor and the belltower

    wish to revisit that someday

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  11. @ kyels - tnx for the visit and your inspiring words. hope to heal soon too.

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  12. @ panyero - salamat sa pagbisita. tara na byahe tayo.

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  13. @ oscar - i couldn't agree more, thanks again for the visit.

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  14. @ tutubi - siquijor can be explored in three hours (except the mountains) and the place is really mystical.

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  15. Ganda nito. Parang banal. Hehehe.

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  16. Sana makapunta din ako dyan. Mahal ba?

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  17. Verna Mamicpic-Alih8:00 PM, October 13, 2008

    You should have acknowledged where you copied the description of the San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent in Lazi which is on the wall of the Siquijor Heritage Museum. For more details, go to www.shfi.org.

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