Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Badoc Church

When we attended the celebration of the Canonical Coronation of the La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, I can’t help but went around the church. The façade is equally stunning. So I took shot in front and at its gate.

The historical significance of this church, aside from being the home of the miraculous Marian image which was washed ashore seven centuries ago to this place, this was also the church where the famous Filipino painter Juan Luna was baptized on October 27, 1857. His siblings were also baptized here. This was a place of worship for those victims in the uprising of Andres Malong in 1660-1661. I was surprised to know that this church was formerly called the Sinait Chapel in 1591. It became a parochial in 1714. This church is made of bricks and stones. It was buildt under the administration of Rev. P. Valentin Blovide.

The patron saint of the town of Badoc is San Juan Bautista. The current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Calma. The town is about 35km or 22 miles south of Laoag.

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