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Albay: Tiwi Church

Located in the municipality of Tiwi in the province of Albay, Tiwi Church was constructed sometime in the mid 17th century. The church is also called San Lorenzo Church.

Tiwi Church
During the 17th century, Christianity was spreading throughout the region. The people of Tiwi was one of those who open-heartedly accepted Christianity as their religion. The church became the symbol of the villagers' piety. The townspeople were mainly fishermen, farmers, and potters. That's why they were overwhelmed when the Moslem pirates or Moros raided and burned down the town. Tiwi Church was a silent witness to the horrible acts that the Moros had inflicted to the townspeople.
Tiwi Church circa 1966
Church facade and parking lot
Church interior
Like most churches in Albay, I visited Tiwi Church during the Albay Road Trip that I had with the family.

An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My mom near the statue of Christ

The nice thing about Tiwi Church is its wide parking space, The church is also located meters away from the main road, which gives the church a more solemn atmosphere. However,  in my opinion, the caretakers or whoever is in charge of taking care of the church should plant Bermuda grass around the church to further boost the beauty of the church. The dry ground in its vicinity makes the church more humid, especially on a hot summer day.

Getting there:

By air: 
1. Most airline companies offer flights to Legazpi Domestic Airport.
2. Upon reaching Legazpi City's Terminal, take a van going to Tiwi. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tiwi Church.
van fare: P40-60

By land:
1. Ride a bus going to Legazpi City.
bus fare: P700-850
2. Upon reaching Legazpi City's Terminal, take a van going to Tiwi. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tiwi Church.
van fare: P40-60

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