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Albay: Parish Church of Guinobatan

Located in the Municipality of Guinobatan in the province of Albay, Guinobatan Church is also known as the Parish Church of Guinobatan is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.
Church of Guinobatan
The church was built sometime in the 1680s, when Guinobatan became an independent municipality from Camalig. 

A picture taken from the side of the Church
Throughout time mother Nature and mankind often inflict terrible damage to the church. Despite this setbacks, the devoted people of Guinobatan dutifully rebuilt their church time and again. To date the church survived countless eruptions of Mayon Volcano, powerful earthquakes and typhoons, and the ravages of the revolutionary, Philippine-American, and the Second World War.

Church bellfry
I visited the Parish Church of Guinobatan during our Albay Road Trip. The church is easy to be spotted because it is situated near a major road way.

Church interior
What I liked about the church is its clean surrounding. When I visited, I noticed that the vicinity of the church is free from any trash. However, one can notice the noise coming from the vehicles and passers-by on the street. Though I'm not saying that it lessens the beauty of the church nor its holiness but being a pilgrim like myself I would prefer a more solemn place to say my prayers.

My  mom offering her special intentions
Getting there:

By air:
1. Several airline companies offer flights to Legazpi International airport.
2. From there, hop on jeepneys plying the  Legazpi-Guinobatan route.
jeepney fare: P10-20

By land:
1. From Manila, board a bus heading to Legazpi City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Guinobatan Church.
bus fare: P450-600

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