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9 churches, a Lakbay Norte visita iglesia

The beautiful stone church of Masinloc in Zambales

While it was a few months ahead of the semana santa, we did a visita iglesia during our North Luzon tour visiting nine churches of which 6 are colonial era while two are contemporary churches.

Last January 2010, I was invited by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau to join a media tour of travel writers and bloggers to experience North Luzon for seven days starting in Cagayan province all the way to Pampanga to sample the various local cuisines and experience the attractions offered by the various provinces along the route. The bulk of our visita iglesia was spent in Cagayan province with seven churches: Tuguegarao Cathedral, Iguig, Alcala, Piat, Camalaniugan, Lal-lo and Pamplona. We visited also the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Paoay, Ilocos Norte and the beautiful stone church, pictured above, of Masinloc in Zambales.

For more details and photos of these religious structures, check my religious architecture blog, Simbahan.net.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Thinking of travel? Do the Lakbay Norte loop | langyaw
    August 31, 2010 @ 12:20

    […] and culture? North Luzon has ancient churches rich in history. There are colonial architectural gems that would just make any Pinoys proud while […]

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