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San Pablo Cathedral
Rizal Avenue, San Pablo City

Originally built in 1774 by the Augustinians, the architecture is of neo-classical style. It used to house a good collection of silver and jeweled religious statuaries, candelabras and altar pieces. It has a simple design with Doric coupled columns. It has a unique podium; inter-locking triangular and segmented arches; decorative bound windows with a four-storey octagonal bell tower composed of alternating blank and open windows.



Iglesia ni Cristo
San Pablo City

Located along Dr. Fernando Bautista Street near the San Pablo City District Hospital, the 2100-seat house of worship was completed on November 9,1963. Viewed from the other side of Sampalok Lake, the castle-like structure was prominently featured in international and local publications due to its unique architectural features.



Mabitac Catholic Church
Barangay Maligaya, Mabitac

Is often visited by pilgrims and tourists. It has a long set of stairs consisting of concrete and tiled steps totaling 126 steps, which churchgoers have to negotiate to reach the house of God. The site also provides a panoramic view of the town and its environs.



St. John the Baptist Parish Church
Liliw, Laguna

The 400 year old church built by the Franciscan Missionaries is a popular landmark in Liliw. Its architectural features date back to the late 18th century and has been beautifully restored through the efforts of its parishioners and the community.



St. Gregory the Great Parish Church
Majayjay, Laguna

The imposing Catholic church and prominent landmark was built in 1711. This church is considered one of the biggest in the Philippines, The huge church and convent built by the Franciscans has withstood strong typhoons and earthquakes for many centuries. It is located in the heart of the poblacion. It has attracted pilgrims, artists, historians and archetects for its impressive construction and design features.



Ermita
Majayjay, Laguna

Originally constructed as the site of the Tribunal during the Spanish period, its use was converted as an Ermita or chapel to enshrine the image of the Nuestra Señora de la Porteria which was brought to the country by Spanish missionaries in 1759.



Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Pagsanjan, Laguna

In 1835, Pope Pius XI proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe as the perpetual national patroness of the Philippines and Mexico. The first sculptured image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a gift from Mexico and was stored at the main altar in 1688. It was destroyed during the air bombardment of the town on March 15, 1945. In 1946 the Catholics of Mexico donated a life-size image of the Nuestra Seňora de Guadalupe to the people of Pagsanjan. This second image was made by Mr. Ramon Barreto, a noted sculptor from Tuluca, Mexico and is now enshrined as the town’s patroness, together with another image of the virgin which was carved by Maximo Vicente, a prominent sculptor from Manila.



St. Peter de Alcantara Church
Pakil, Laguna

San Pedro Bautista-Founder of first Pakil community in 1588-1602 Pakil was attached to parish of Paete as a visita in 1676. Franciscan missionary Fr. Francisco Barajas reached Pakil and permanently established his mission here. Through his zeal and industry he was able to separate Pakil from Paete on May 12,1676. He became first parish priest and St. Peter of Alcantara became the patron saint of Pakil. The church has attracted much interest from pilgrims, artists, architects and the cultural community for its unique features and high state of preservation.



St. James the Apostle Church
Paete, Laguna

Like many churches in Laguna, Paete Catholic Church was built during the early Spanish period. The novelty of this church is the rich repository of religious statuaries, altar and backdrop were carved and painted by the residents of Paete who are known to be master carvers and prominent sculptors. The intricate baroque altar is a testimony to the artistry of Paete’s famed woodcarvers. The walls of the church are adorned with large murals done by Jose Dans (19th Century), a true son of Paete who used color pigments mixed with pulverized volcanic ash and brushes fashioned from cat’s hair. Although the church has been recently restored, the original design features have been conserved.

 

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