Friday, December 10, 2010

Sta. Ursula Parish Church

Paterno St., Libid, Binangonan, Rizal
by lakwatserong tatay

This was part of our Trekking Basics: Mt. Tagapo, Talim Island in Binangonan, Rizal. I was the first person to arrived at Pritil Port. So what did i do is head first to one of the famous church in Rizal to pray for our safety and have a safe trekking activity. And of course, one of my favorite

A town located between the foothills of a mountain range and the shores of a bay must make Binangonan an idyllic municipality for tourism. Highly-urbanized and on the verge of cityhood, this town located 37 kms from Manila is crafting its own identity to distance itself from its more popular neighbors in the province of Rizal, namely Angono and Antipolo City.

Such simplistic and rather pastoral background gives Binangonan that quaint charm as a quasi-urban area whose rural origins cannot be shed just easily. This same trait makes it a favorable option for tourists looking for old town charm.
Sta. Ursula Parish Church
Sta. Ursula Parish Church is a 200-year-old church which has been structurally preserved and restored for its historical significance. It was originally a chapel built in the late 15th century by the Franciscan missionaries to gain access to the native settlements around the Laguna Lake. By the 17th century, it was expanded into a big church to shelter its growing parishioners. It was completed in 1800 through the help of a barangay decree which compelled all delinquent male taxpayers to voluntarily work in the church’s construction.
Church's center isle
Church's confession area
Here is brief history about St. Ursula Parish Church, was founded in 1621. In 1679, its administration was handed over to the Jesuits, who in 1697 transferred administration to the Augustinians. In 1737, Binangonan returned to the administration of the Franciscans who had founded it in the first place. The church was built from 1792-1800, renovated in 1853. At the same time, the adjacent convent was rebuilt. While the church's historical structure remains.

Church's Altar
St. Ursula with the other saints
Church's center isle
Church's choir area

Some of the other saints you can find inside St. Ursula Parish Church
St. Ursula Church may not be as popular as the Nuestra Senora dela Paz y Buen Viaje of Antipolo Cathedral, but this patron saint has her own legacy and is venerated by devotees from everywhere.
This church also has its own catholic school right beside of this church.

Church Belfry

The "Kalbaryo" view from St. Ursula Church

Binangonan Catholic School


Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

wow! been there nung umakyat kami sa Tagapo...

jo said...

"Really interesting article, thanks!"

lakwatserong tatay said...


@Pinoy adventurista, nakita ko nga sa blog nyo sir melvin....pero plano ko pa bumalik sa place na toh..marami pa ko gusto ikutin marami ka pang makikitang lugar sa binangonan.

@jo, thanks po, for reading my entries.....

Ginny said...

Hi! Is it okay to use your kalbaryo pic in my blog? Thank you. =)


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