Gema's family spent Christmas in the hospital and before the end of the year, his father had a second attack and he didn't make it. A very untimely death. I guess it's really like that, death doesn't make exemptions. The most happy season of year suddenly became the saddest to remember in my friends family. I really feel sad for the loss of his dad...........
After the burial, Teresa and I decided to go back to Binangonan. But there was this church which captured my attention after seeing its bell tower from afar. Gema said it is a famous chucrh. And so Teresa and I decided to have a look and say our short prayer at the same time......
True enough, it is the famous Church of Apalit....
The Catholic community of Apalit dates back to 1590. The former Church was built from brick but was destroyed by the earthquake of 1863. The present church was constructed by Mariano Santos of Guagua under the supervision of Rev. Antonio Redondo, then O.S.A. between 1876 and 1880. It's towers were finished in 1896 by the Torbio Fanjul . He purposely made them low to minimize the effect of earthquakes.
I have always been fascinated with churches. I really feel that Philippine churches are beautiful. One of the main reasons why I am dying to go to Ilocos is because I want to see the magnificent old churches there. Apalit Church is nothing shy of the beautiful churches we have in this country.
The interior is also impressive. Reminded me of some of the churches we saw in Cebu during our trip last year. There were many parishioners during that time since it was Sunday. I love churches like these with paintings on the ceiling. Makes me feel that every inch of the interior is a telling story.
I am no authority when it comes to church photography as I am not very familiar with the key points that I should not miss. In some cases in the past, I just take pictures of the facade of the church and that's it. There are some bloggers who I really admire when it comes to this genre. Estan Cabigas for Church Photography and Joel Aldor for chronicling Catholic churches in the Philippines.
I also remember being in Pampanga during the Holy Week of 2010 and back then, I was not yet convinced of the intensity of religious tradition in Pampanga. After seeing Apalit Church, I came to realize that this province is really religious and its history is rich. Apalit church is not to be missed when visiting Pampanga.
Check out the websites of my idols in Philippine Church blogging.