The Bell Church in Baguio City

Group of tourists flock inside the Bell Church in BaguioA group of tourists walk in the narrow alleys towards the compound of the Bell Church

I’ve been to Baguio City a lot of times already. However, this is the first time that I got the chance to visit The Bell Church. After having breakfast at Pizza Volante along Session Road, we walked towards the terminal near the Baguio City Hall. We took the jeepney bearing the La Trinidad sign. Fare going to The Bell Church is PhP 8.50 per person.

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Church of the Angry Christ in Victorias, Negros Occidental

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Inside the Church of the Angry Christ

Victorias in Negros Occidental is popular because of the Victorias Milling Company, the largest sugar mill in the Philippines and the largest combined sugar mill and refinery in the whole world. This made Negros Occidental the “Sugarbowl Capital” of the Philippines. Its popularity came into a downfall after the Japanese occupation in the 1940’s but was able to slowly revive itself in the 1990’s.

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Uniquely Designed Chapel Made of Cartwheels

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Chapel of Cartwheels (outside)

Who would have thought that indigenous farm materials such as cartwheels (carriage wheels), wood and plows can’t be made into a place of worship? In Manapla, Negros Occidental, there is a chapel commonly called “Chapel of Cartwheels” built in the 1960’s at the middle of Hacienda Rosalia. I found out about this chapel while researching our Bacolod itinerary back in February 2011.

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Visita Iglesia in Southern Iloilo

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Parish of San Joaquin

During Holy Week, many Filipinos do the “Visita Iglesia” ( or Church Visits in English), a tradition done every Holy Thursday during Lent. This is to commemorate the 14 stations of the cross. Traditionally, 7 churches are supposed to be visited, praying 2 stations of the cross per church. In the modern times, the person who does Visita Iglesia visits 14 churches instead of the 14.

Iloilo is one of the provinces in Western Visayas that was infiltrated by Roman Catholicism and is frequented by those who still practice Visita Iglesia. Whether you are a believer of Roman Catholicism or not, it is still worthwhile to see these churches — for the sake of historical and art appreciation purposes. Here are some suggestions and must visits when doing Visita Iglesia in Southern Iloilo:

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The historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral is just one of the tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is located along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Liwanag (located across Plaza Cuartel). This cathedral is very historic. This used to be a small church during the Spanish occupation (circa 1872).

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