Pampanga: San Guillermo Parish Church

One of the most visited churches in the province of Pampanga is San Guillermo Parish Church. It is located in Bacolor, one of the oldest towns in the province.

Built in 1576, the church was named after San Guillermo, the patron saint of Bacolor. Like most Spanish built churches, San Guillermo Parish Church also depicts a Baroque architectural design.
The statue of Christ seen at the facade


San Guillermo Parish Church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1880 and was rebuilt six years later. After that the town and Mother Nature coexisted peacefully for a long time. That's why the townspeople were caught unprepared when the dormant Mt. Pinatubo suddenly erupted in 1991.

The altar

Recuerdos and icons
Miraculously, the town and the church was spared during the powerful eruption. However, in 1995, heavy rains dissolved the accumulated volcanic sediments in the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo. This caused  major lahar flow swallowing the town of Bacolor. San Guillermo Parish Church was half-buried during that terrible catastrophe which also left more than 50,000 town residents homeless.

Paintings and pictures depicting the history of the church and the town
When the lahar flow settled down, the townsmen of Bacolor painstakingly excavated and salvaged the historical items, including the altar and the retablo, which was buried inside the church.
The rear part of the church

During my visit to San Guillermo Parish Church, I was actually unaware of it its history. I was just curious to see the unique looking church which I saw daily in May Bukas Pa, a popular primetime show in ABS-CBN. I just learned about its past when I visited the museum and gallery located inside the church.

Checking out the church

Upon leaving the church, one would feel the sense of devotion and sacrifice that lingered on specially among the people of Bacolor.

Getting there:

1.From the Victory Liner Terminal in Cubao, take a bus heading for Olongapo City. Keep in mind that buses passing by SCTex because it bypasses the town of Bacolor. It's safer if you ask the conductor that you're going to the church. 
bus fare: P100-110
2. From the drop off point there are tricycles that will bring you to the church gates.
tricycle fare: P20


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    1. Puwede po lakarin hanggang main road. Tapos may mga bus na pong dumadaan doon.


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