Holy Week 2010: Bataan

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Holy Week 2010: Bataan
ITLog No. 3
(March 30, 2010 – April 3, 2010)

This trip took longer than normal to be posted because I lost my notes in my iphone and I am trying to recall all the details and things that we did on this trip

A friend of ours invited us to experience the Holy Week and stay with her in Bataan, after our trip to Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga about a year ago and decided to try this trip.

We left Manila Late Wednesday night and arrived in Hermosa, Bataan early the next morning. After resting from our trip, we headed for the market to buy food and groceries for our stay in Bataan, heading back to the house to prepare food and eating lunch, we decided to go out almost late in the afternoon to visit churches or what we call VISITA IGLESIA.

The first church we visited was Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church in Orani, Bataan. The church and convent of Orani, repaired in 1792 and 1836, were badly damaged by the earthquake of September 16, 1852. They were built and improved under the supervision of the Rev. Bartolome Alvarez del Manzano, O.P. in 1891. They were destroyed by fire on March 16, 1938 which razed about three fourths of Orani including the town hall, the Tercena, former Bataan High School and later Orani Elementary School building. The church was reconstructed in September 1938.

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We then headed for Santo Domingo Church in Abucay, Bataan. The 421-year-old church constructed in 1587 in the rich Spanish style of the day, and a living witness to the massacre of more than 200 native defenders from the hands of Dutch invaders on June 16, 1647. The church is one of the oldest in the Philippines and housed the first printing press, which outdated any single printing press in the United States.

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Next was St. Joseph Cathedral in Balanga, Bataan. Balanga Cathedral, formally known as St. Joseph Cathedral in Balanga City, Bataan, is the seat of the Diocese of Balanga, which comprises entire of the civil province of Bataan. The current rector and parish priest of the cathedral is Fr. Percival Medina.

During the Japanese Invasion, the cathedral was used as an artillery emplacement to bombard Mt. Samat where the Filipino-American troops gave their last stand. It was later renovated by the first bishop of the Diocese, His excellency Bishop Celso Guevarra DD and made its patron saint, Saint Joseph. During His excellency Bishop Socrates reign, he saw that all of its decorations and structures were in a bad state, he renovated it and finished many months later.

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With the last church we visited was, Nuestra Senora del Pilar Parish Church in Balanga. The first church of Pilar was an ordinary chapel made of wood with nipa roofing. It was built in the heart of Poblacion facing the East, just like the other parish churches with the exception of that of Morong town. The same church was used by the succeeding priest Fr. Felipe Gabino (1827-1833) and by the first returning Dominican priest Fr. Juan de Buenaventura (1833) who worked for the acceptance of the parish to the Dominican Order in its Provincial Chapter of 1833. Being late at night, we headed back to Hermosa to rest for the night.

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The next day we just lazed around in the morning and after lunch, we headed back out to see the flagellation in the streets and witness one of the Sinakulo (a Lenten play that is a dramatic presentation of the Passion of Jesus Christ — his trial, suffering and death). Heading back to the house and rested for the day.

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Woke up early and traveled to Mt. Samat, where we walk around and visited the museum. Eating lunch at a road side restaurant then tried going to Corregidor but there were no scheduled ferries at that time so we decided to head back and stop at every place we could see and buy some stuffs for pasalubong.

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Passing by San Fenando on our way back to Manila and meeting some friends, arriving late in the evening in Manila where we rested up for the day and had to go to church the next morning because it was Easter Sunday.

It was great experiencing different places in Holy Week but the rituals and re-enactments of the death of Christ is almost the same. Hope to visit other places when the next Holy Week comes.

See you on our next trip…
HAPPY TRAILS!!!

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

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