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Religious art in some of Cebu’s churches

Attempted to head north of Cebu for a Visita Iglesia but the heavy traffic starting at Liloan made me U-turn to go south instead.

The Catholic church throughout history has been lavish in depicting the different houses of God on earth.

In Cebu, centuries-old churches abound while some are just about 50 years old or younger.

The Pedro Calungsod Chapel. Built upon the initiative by SM Development Corporation to draw Cebuanos prior to the launch of their upcoming giant mall - SM Seaside City.
The Pedro Calungsod Chapel. Built upon the initiative by SM Development Corporation to draw Cebuanos prior to the launch of their upcoming giant mall – SM Seaside City.

The new Pedro Calungsod Chapel located at the upcoming SM City Seaside Complex at the Cebu South Road Properties (SRP) projects a modern feel with its wall upon wall architecture –far different from the usual churches we have.

The Walls of Pedro Calungsod Chapel
The Walls of Pedro Calungsod Chapel

Quite apart from the classical churches, the altar is subdued and without the gold glitters.

Boxed, minimalist interior of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel
Boxed, minimalist interior of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel

The church in Minglanilla, Cebu has had renovations to give its present look.

The Minglanilla Church stands out with its pink exterior.
The Minglanilla Church stands out with its pink exterior.

Gilded metals and fixtures dominate the interior of the Minglanilla Church.

Gilded and ornate
Gilded and ornate

The side altar of the chalice is guarded by angels cast from plaster.

Unmoving angels
Unmoving angels


Art of flower arrangement preserved by the annual Holy week procession.
Art of flower arrangement preserved by the annual Holy week procession.
Church workers show the art of flower arrangement as they prepare for the procession in the afternoon.
Church workers show the art of flower arrangement as they prepare for the procession in the afternoon.

The church in Sibonga, Nuestra Señora del Pilar, meanwhile, is well-preserved despite the passage of years. The construction of the present structure was commissioned starting 1866. The paintings on the ceiling were said to be done in the 1920s by Raymundo Francia of Cebu.

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To add to the old feel of the architecture and paintings of the Sibonga church, the chirping of birds resonate freely inside the church as if the structure has become the birds’ home. The cool, breezy temperature is also a wonder as the design of the church keeps the early afternoon heat from eating away the cold.

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Routes to Pedro Calungsod Templete

Tomorrow, November 30, marks the remembrance of two Filipino martyrs. One, Andres Bonifacio, sacrificed his life for the liberation and salvation of the Filipino people from colonial Spain via armed revolution. The other, Pedro Calungsod, whose martyrdom was for the salvation of souls via his Catholic faith more than a century before Bonifacio’s birth.

With the National Thanksgiving Day for the sainthood of San Pedro Calungsod tomorrow (November 30, Bonifacio Day will be sidelined because of this. tsk.), all roads in Cebu City will lead to the Pedro Calungsod Templete. The site is at the Cebu City South Road Properties (SRP) right across the SM Seaside City construction area.

(Image from http://www.cebuarchdiocese.org/2012/calungsod-templete-explained/)

Security policy prevents vehicles, except for VIPs, from going near the site. The expected volume of traffic and lack of parking near the area tells us to take a walk instead.

The shortest route will be to go via the N. Bacalso Avenue near the Mambaling flyover. From there, you can take a walk or ride the trisikad (“padyak” or “pedicab”), if they will be allowed, to get you to the site.

Google Map directions to the Pedro Calungsod Templete

If you are near Plaza Independencia or the Basilica del Sto. Niño, you may take the South Coastal Road entry way near the Malacanang sa Sugbo or the Cebu City Hall.

Google Map directions from Plaza Independencia to Pedro Calungsod Templete

For those coming from southern Cebu, I do not know up to where in the southern end of the Cebu South Coastal Road will be closed so better read up advisories in your area.

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