Visita Iglesia 2011: Churches of Bulacan

The Visita Iglesia is a yearly practice for Christians to visit the seven churches every Thursday in the last week of Cuaresma(Holy Week) . It is performed to honor the Fourteen Station or Part of the Cross of Christ until His crucifixion and resurrection.

Every year, my family and relatives prepare for this day as we visit different churches here in our province, Bulacan.  In Bulacan, most of the churches have been standing its grandeur for centuries. And with that, you can see traces of the town’s history with its architectural structure.  

Our visit started late in the afternoon. We first visited the nearest church in our house, which is the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Meycauayan, Bulacan. It's been awhile since the last time I visited this church and I was in awe when I saw how these numerous renovations made this church worth to visit.



The Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Meycauayan, Bulacan is the oldest parish in Meycauayan and it is also its largest parish, with an estimated population of about 80,000 parishioners. It is also the vicarial seat of the vicariate of St. Francis of Assisi in the Diocese of Malolos.
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St. Francis of Assisi Church
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The century old Bell Tower
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The Altar
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The hand painted ceiling



I cannot find any information about this church, however, I was able to find a facebook account for this parish (click the link above). This church is commonly known as "Simbahang Bilog" (Round Church), because of its structure.
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Outside the church
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Simbahang Bilog

Our Lady of Fatima Church (Meycauayan)

Located inside St. Michael Subdivision, Meycauayan, Bulacan, this simple yet worth visiting churches houses villagers who goes to mass every Sunday. 
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My mom and my niece
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Queen of Angels Monastery (Bocaue)

It was my first time in this monastery. I never thought that there's one near our house. The place is very solemn and is great for prayer and quite time.

I was able to offer prayer to my friend Jim, may you rest in peace man.

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The Monastery
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Blue skies that day
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Some of the nuns living in the monastery


This Parish church is known around the country for its "Krus sa Wawa" festival held every July of the year. It was also my first time in this parish and I must say I was impressed. I love the old feeling inside the church and the how they made an effort to keep the church on its original structure.
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The dome 
San Lorenzo Catholic Church (Balagtas)

Founded in 1621, San Lorenzo is a parish of the Vicariate of St. Martin of Tours in the Diocese of Malolos. Its patron is Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, whose feast day is celebrated on August 10.
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St. Michael Archangel Parish Church (Marilao)

Our Parish church is a century old (approximately 400 years old) structure that had withstand all the turmoil and seasons this town has survived. I have so much to say about our own Parish together with some photographs but wasn't able to get it. Must pay respect to the on-going mass.
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***photo taken using a Samsung E75

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