Laguna: Calamba Church

Located in the City of Calamba in the province of Laguna, Calamba Church is just beside the Rizal Shrine which is the former residence of the National Hero of the Philippines -Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
Calamba Church is also known as the Saint John the Baptist Parish Church. The church was built in 1859 during the Spanish colonial era. The church is known as the place where Dr. Jose P. Rizal was baptized. His original baptismal records has been found in the church archives and has been preserved and refurbished.
close up of Calamba Church facade
church facade as seen from the side
Throughout time, the church has survived countless earthquakes and typhoons however, it has no power over the destruction brought by man. The church along with most of the houses of its parishioners were burned by the Japanese during the Second World War. Several years later, Fr. Eliseo Dimaculangan would head the reconstruction of the church. To date the church has undergone several reconstructions and renovations. 
Church interior
Church altar
Exact site where Jose Rizal was baptised
Rizal's baptismal records.


What I like about Calamba Church is the replica of the Garden of Gethsemane complete with life size statues depicting the religious events that happened in the garden. The church has become one of the most visited churches in Laguna during the Holy Week. So if you're planning to visit, keep in mind that you need to come early because the main problem that you'd face would be looking for a parking space.

Getting there:

From Manila (Pasay City to be exact), board a bus heading to Calamba City. Once you reach the Calamba Central Terminal, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off in front of the church.

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