Quezon: Lucban Church

Located in the town of Lucban in the province of Quezon, Lucban Church is one of the Spanish colonial churches in the Philippines.

Lucban Church is also known as San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church or Saint Louis of Toulouse Parish Church. It was built in 1595 under the term of Father Miguel de Talavera. Like most, if not all, of the early churches it was also built using only light materials like wood and nipa. Due to these materials, Father Time, and Mother Nature this "first church" structure fell apart and was destroyed in 1629.
Beautiful stained glass panel in the facade
Church facade
the bell tower

A second church was immediately built of a different location (which is its present day location). This time, stone and nipa was used to build it. It took almost a decade (from 1630 -1640) for it to be finished. A convent was also built and was finished in 1650. The nipa roof was then upgraded to tiles in 1683 under the supervision of Father Francisco Huerta.
History marker
The church altar
Inside the church during mass

Sadly, fire gutted the church in 1733 but the pious locals under the leadership of Father Pascual Martinez quickly started construction of the third church, the present one, which was completed in 1738.The convent on the other hand was completed in 1743. Through out history, Lucban Church would face more damages done by both man and Mother Nature. It was partially damaged by a bomb during World War 2 and by Typhoon Glenda in July 2014.
Another view of the altar

Like most of the Spanish colonial churches, Lucban Church is also built using the Baroque style of architecture. It has a three-storey facade which features semi-circular windows flanked by Corinthian columns and niches containing statues of saints. Like its facade, it also has a three-storey belltower with an octagonal shape.
The baptismal font

Lucban Church is famously known as the starting point of the procession during the San Isidro Pahiyas Festival every 15th of May.
The side of the church
I got to visit Lucban Church with my co-teachers during our road trip to Quezon this year. It was a Sunday then and the church was really full of faithful churchgoers. I highly suggest that if you're just passing through the town, avoid Sundays as it is very traffic. 

Overall, Lucban Church is a perfect addition to old churches to visit during the Holy Week.

Getting there: 
From Pasay City, ride a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. From there you can ride a bus or a jeepney to Lucban, Quezon. Just tell the driver to drop you off the nearest place to reach the church.

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