Laguna: Pagsanjan Church

Located in Pagsanjan in the province of Laguna, Pagsanjan Church is one of the many well preserved Spanish-era churches of the province.

Also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, Pagsanjan Church is the home to the image of the patroness of Pagsanjan -the Our Lady of Guadalupe. This image was a gift from rich pious Mexican families after the establishment of the church. The church is also known as the oldest church in the Philippines under the said patronship.

NHI Marker
Inside the church
The altar area
The church was founded on November 12, 1687. Like most Spanish-era churches in Laguna, it was also first built using only light materials like bamboo, nipa and wood. Sadly, the church was built by natives of Pagsanjan under forced labor. A few years later, 1690 to be exact, a larger church made from adobe was built to replace the old church.
Main altar
The church underwent a long renovation which started on 1847 and ended in 1852. It was during this renovation that the stone belfry and Romanesque dome was built. In 1872, a transept was added to the church.
Right altar
Left altar
Pagsanjan Church was heavily damaged when the Americans bombed the town on March 15, 1945 during the Second World War. A replica of the church was constructed over its ruins. It underwent a more serious restoration after the war in 1965. Like the church, the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was also a casualty of the bombing. The image that can be seen today was contributed (again) by Mexicans in 1958.
The wall of the small chapel is "well-decorated"
The side chapel

The church was the fourth church that we visited during our Laguna-Quezon Visita Iglesia. It was here that we finished our Stations of the Cross. What I like about the church is its side chapel that seems (and looks) older than the rest of the church. Overall, Pagsanjan Church is a must visit for pilgrims and tourists alike. If you spend some time in town, I suggest that you also visit the famous Cavinti Falls aka Pagsanjan Falls.
Statue of the Virgin Mary
The convent at the back of the church
Getting there:

From Taft Avenue, ride a Green Star Bus bound to Sta. Cruz Laguna. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Pagsanjan/Jam terminal. From there you could ride a jeep or trike to the church.
Be sure to pass through this arch
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Cleanliness
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