Through the invitation of Micamyx, fellow travel blogger who hails from Dagupan, a bunch of us bloggers went to the northwestern province of Pangasinan to enjoy and discover what this beautiful place has to offer. First administered by the Augustinians and then followed on by the Recollects in the 17th century and the Dominicans later, Pangasinan has a rich treasure trove of heritage churches built during the Spanish colonial era.
During this trip, there were times that I did not join the other bloggers since I’ve already visited some places like the Hundred Islands. During these times, I was church hopping and trying to survey those that I haven’t visited yet in the hope of coming back and making a more detailed documentation for simbahan.net. The following churches are those that I’ve visited.
The weather was just so good, a clear and sunny day that when I arrived at Binmaley, first thing in the morning, I was just in awe. A very simple and whitewashed facade with a very massive and elaborate belfry with its age showing. The original convento and perimeter fence is still intact.
The town is famous for the puto Calasiao, small, sweet and sticky rice cakes. Equally known is the beautiful church which has been renovated after the facade got damaged in the earthquake. It still has interesting artifacts and structures with the three original retablos still intact. The original facade is of the Cagayan style.
Its impossible to get a full frontal facade shot of the cathedral owing to the structures directly infront of the structure and on an ordinary afternoon, the street is quite busy.
The edifice is imposing in size with the least of embellishments except for a bas relief at the pediment. The facade is wider compared to Binmaley with a, more or less, proportioned belltower that is more interesting with its many windows and niches.
The church in Labrador is smaller than the edifices pictured above, simpler and, like Binmaley and Lingayen, has less embellishments. However, once you get inside, its the feeling of antiquity that envelopes you. The retablos are quaint and still original.
The Bolinao Church is one of the oldest in the country with its type of architecture markedly different from the other heritage churches in Pangasinan.
The church is a three level structure with the first having niches for saints. The second, consists of windows while the pediment has a central niche for the patron saint.
The interior has been renovated already but there are still interesting woodwork that can be found at the side.
A few years ago, there was a commotion when it was said that a human face appeared at one section of the facade but most probably was just a pattern that roughly formed a face.
There’s no spanish colonial era church in the town center of Bugallon. However, if you go to one of its barangay, Brgy. Salasa, lo and behold, a beautiful and really old church. The Cagayan style, church facade with distinct finials at its pediment, is very much apparent in this church. It is said that said style originated in Pangasinan and was brought to Cagayan Valley with the Dominicans, being both regions part of their spiritual administration.