Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bisita Iglesia in Nueva Ecija

Bisita Iglesia (Church Visits) is a Filipino tradition performed by Christians every Lenten Season. This is done by visiting seven catholic churches and offering prayers to the Lord.

In previous years, I used to visit seven churches and chapels around Cabanatuan City. This year, I have decided to do my visits outside my City but within my province of Nueva Ecija. Because these churches are located far from each other, it took me the whole day of this Holy Thursday to finish the visit.

So, in celebration of the Lenten Season, let me share to you seven of the oldest and historical churches of Nueva Ecija.


Cathedral of St. Joseph, City of San Jose



Immaculate Conception Church, Municipality of Nampicuan



Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Municipality of Licab



Nuestra Senora Delas Saleras Parish, Municipality of Aliaga



St. Rose De Lima Church, Municipality of Santa Rosa



Three Kings Parish Church, City of Gapan



San Isidro Labrador Church, Municipality of San Isidro



Let me end this post with my favorite verse in the bible. "For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS begotten SON that whoever shall believe in HIM will not perish but shall have an everlasting life".

Have a blessed Lenten Season everyone!!!

35 comments:

  1. great Bible verse to go along with these. These are beautiful buildings!
    Wiley Willows Photoblog

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  2. I am very delighted that you choose,Our Lady of the Rosary Church In Licab.My home town, that gives me another milage of journey in my dreams. Mel of UK

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  3. Nice churches.
    And didn´t know about that tradition.

    Santa Páscoa!

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  4. Hi, dropping by from the boondocks. Blessed Lenten season to you too :-)

    Great pictures. I like anti-gambling banner in that second church :-)

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  5. @ luke - the churches go with a catholic tradition. majority of us, filipinos, are christians.

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  6. @ acey - thanx acey, have a holy week.

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  7. @ Mel of UK - it was my first time to go to Licab and your church is definitely one of the most beautiful church in the province. glad you liked this post.

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  8. @ quintarantino - there are lots of filipino christian traditions and hopefully, i could share some of them here in my blog.

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  9. @ bill bilig - thank you. there seems to be two prominent banners in almost all the churches I have visited. One is against illegal gambling while the other is seeking the truth about the ZTE deal. have a holy week.

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  10. kuya ganda ng mga church ah!
    sana makapunta rin ako jan=]
    ingats palagi=]

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  11. nice pictures! i had visita iglesia last night. 14 churches in manila area. i thought of doing a similar blog but i forgot to bring my camera so i failed to take some pics of the churches. maybe next year? =)

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  12. A pretty collection of church pics :) Man it was a great effort on your part to travel and take these shots. Nice.

    Happy Easter to you !

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  13. I really admire people who make a special effort to do Bisita Iglesia yearly; part of that admiration is because I haven't done this :P well maybe not yet. haha.

    this is a fitting post for the lenten season. good job!

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  14. Very good pictures... I loved the Nampicuan and Licab churches the most...!
    Thanks for sharing, Lawstude..!!

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  15. @ cedeux - salamat sa pagbisita, if u want to go to Nueva Ecija just let me know.

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  16. @ arlene - wow. 14 church, that's good for two years na. thanks for the visit.

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  17. @ bw - these churches are located far and between. it was tiring but nevertheless fullfilling. i am planning to do the same thing in another province next year.

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  18. @ collapsing barrycade - thank you! lenten is all about sacrifice and i am just glad to share my bisita iglesia with all of you.

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  19. @ shades - those two together with the church in Gapan are the oldest churches in my province. old churches' baroque style really fascinates me.

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  20. I was wondering why do you need to visit at least 7 churches? Is there a symbolic meaning in the number 7?

    (:

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  21. To lawstude ,I always wanted to do that. Siguro try ko next year sa amin i blo-blog ko din. Ganda ng 2nd na simbahan.

    To kyels, ang alam ko bago yung last supper kasi ay nagbisita ang mga apostles sa seven cathedrals kaya seven din binibisita natin.

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  22. You're giving me an idea what to do next year. I'll do the tradition of Visita Iglesia and will take photos of the churches at the same time...

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  23. Nice photos of the churches here...

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  24. @ kyels - i think i'll agree with vinzent's answer 'coz i somewhat also heard that it was patterned to the seven churches visited before the Last Supper.

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  25. @ vinzent - yeah try it next year and ill check your posts on it.

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  26. @ dodong flores - that would be great. i'll do this again next year but hopefully in churches of either Manila or Pampanga.

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  27. I always love to do that. Taking pics of churches. Maybe next year.

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  28. norman ang ganda naman ng first church.he!he!nagbuhat ba ng sariling bangko. Thats our parish church!We live a few blocks away from there.Its nice of you to include it in your iterinary.Di pa sya masyadong tapos pero ang ganda di ba?Buti ka pa nakapag bisita Iglesia.You gave me idea what to do next year.

    Your blog is one of the most sensible things here on the web.Keep on blogging!God Bless!

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  29. hi lawstude... ang alam ko napasyal na ako dito noon pa, hindi ko lang matandaan kasi ilang buwan na din ang nakalipas.

    anyway, im alvin, taga licab, nueva ecija, pangarap madagdagan ng tatlong letra ang dulo ng pangalan tulad ng sayo.

    ganda ng mga pics, and its all because of you!

    pasyal ka naman sa blogsite ko...

    livingstain.wordpress.com

    ingatz

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  30. Awesomely beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the photos of the churches. We also had a bisita iglesia last Holy Thursday but we didn't bring our cam.

    btw, your blog is really great. :)

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  31. Tad ROCKS?!

    -Thank you,
    Alec

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  32. hi...are you from nueva ecija...i have hard time looking for colonial church in nueva ecija through internet....can you point some church with old history if not having an old facade....leave me a message on my page in Facebook...like if you want..:)...Mga Simbahan Sa Pilipinas...thanks...

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