San Pedro de Alcantara Parish
Tavera St. cor. TBR St., Pakil, Laguna
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Posting my late review about this beautiful church I visited way back in February, in my ninang's hometown in Pakil, Laguna. It's the Saint Peter of Alcantara Church, aka Pakil Church, which enshrines the original Our Lady of Turumba painting.
One hot, quiet afternoon I visited the church (after securing permission from ninang, of course, to go out and explore a bit of the town). I was alone there (except for the elder gentleman at the front-door reception, and an elderly lady visitor), so I virtually had the church to myself, hehe.
Admiring the intricately designed pulpits, paintings, and other artworks including the sculptures of the 14 saints at the altar. The cupola above the altar let some of the natural light, allowing for more ethereal glow.
Since it was not too crowded when I was there, it was breezy and cool inside the church. This is best visited during those weekdays (try visiting it when the town is in siesta mode). The exterior design of Pakil church is unique too compared to the other churches I have visited.
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Third stop of our yesterday's bisita iglesia was at Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish Church! The church might look familiar as it served as the filming location of ABS-CBN's teleserye Juan Dela Cruz three years ago. Coco Martin fan anyone?
Did you know it took 35 years to finish the church? Popularly known as the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba. Turumba is a spanish work for crazed, the word how the Spanish friars perceived the townspeople as they dance in honor of the town's patron The Virgin Mary. Other says it's a tagalog phrase for "natumba sa laki ng tuwa".
The exterior is inspired by architectural orders distinguished by florals, crosses and angel designs. It felt calmer inside as white dominates the ceiling, chandeliers and altar. Fourteen saints are carved and displayed in the main altar. You can also marvel at an old painting depicting heaven, purgatory and hell.
It was a bit difficult to take pictures outside because of the electrical wires and the church's property was narrow and small. I will come back and offer a prayer next time. Until then, Pakil Church!
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