Laguna: Bay Church

Located in the municipality of Bay (pronounced ba-eh) in Laguna, Bay Church is one of the many old Spanish-era churches of the province. 

Also known as St. Augustine Parish Church, Bay Church was first constructed along the shore of Laguna de Bay sometime in 1571. It was built using light materials like canes and nipa. The construction of the first church was supervised by Augustinaian friars led by Fr. Martin de Rada. Bay Church then became a parish on April 30, 1578.
Church facade
NHI Marker
Church interior
Inside the mini chapel of the church


church altar
The administration of the town of Bay including the church was transferred to the Franciscans on November 23, 1737. The small wooden church was then transferred to its present site in the town proper afterwards. In 1804, the church was reconstructed and this time stone and wood was used as the primary construction material. The church construction was then finally finished in 1864.
the view from the altar

Sadly, the powerful earthquake of 1880 greatly damaged the roofing of Bay Church. This tragedy brought the locals together and they immediately acted to rebuilt the church. However, the church was heavily damaged again during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War 2. It took almost a decade, in 1953 to be exact, when the church was rebuilt in the efforts of Fr. Alejandro Vermorel.

Bay Church was the first church that we visited during our Laguna-Quezon Visita Iglesia. I could say that the church is well maintained and its facade still has the old Spanish-era feel. We didn't stay long in the church though. We just had three Stations of the Cross there because we're afraid that we might be caught up in traffic later on in our trip.


The Kapilya ni San Agustin
Overall, Bay Church is one of the nearest old church that you could visit if you're in the Los Banos area. (Don'tforget to dine at some of the town's beautiful blog worthy restaurants when you visit the town.)

Getting there:
From Cubao, ride a HM Transport bus heading to Sta. Cruz Laguna. It will pass Bay so don't forget to remind the conductor to drop you off at the bus stop where you could catch a trike that will bring you to the old church. 

If you're near LRT Taft, you might want to ride a Green Star Bus going the same route as the one previously mentioned.
Ratings:
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Cleanliness
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