Cavite: Bacoor Church

Located in Bacoor, in the province of Cavite, Bacoor Church is one of the oldest Spanish colonial era churches in the province.

Also known as St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Bacoor Church was established in 1669. Like most Spanish colonial era churches built in the 17th century, this church started out as a humble place of worship constructed using onlu light materials such as nipa leaves, bamboos, and straws. The church was renovated to that of its present architectural structure from 1825 to 1872 using adobe, tegula, and believe it or not duck egg whites to bond the adobe boulders together.
Bacoor Church facade

NHI Marker

Here's a little bit of history tidbit... Bacoor Church is associated to one historical figure who became part of the awakening of the Filipino nationalism during the Spanish colonial era. This historical figure is Fr. Mariano Gomez. He was the parish priest of Bacoor Church when we together with Fr. Jose Burgos and Fr. Jacinto Zamora was falsely accused of treason, sedition and taking part in the failed Cavite mutiny. They would then be sentenced to death by garrote at Bagumbayan Field (now Luneta) on February 17, 1872.  The three would later on be known as GOMBURZA and would serve as an inspiration to the new generation of Filipino nationalists. 

Church interior

Church retabolo
Church retabolo and altar during the Holy Week

Church interior as seen from the choir loft

The baptismal font
Choir loft as seen from the altar
some marble slabs of influential people can still be found inside the church

One of the old bells found in the bell tower. Sadly it was a victim of vandalism
The mini chapel outside the church

I got to visit Bacoor Church during my historical tour of Cavite. It was the first destination that I visited during the said trip. I was impressed by how the interior and facade of the church was maintained. Although there are plenty of modern things added to the church, the Spanish colonial era feel still prevails. Overall, Bacoor Church is a perfect place to visit for a pilgrimage and also during your Holy Week's Visita Iglesia.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish

Getting there:

From Manila, ride any bus or van that would pass through Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way. Tell te driver or conductor to drop you off at Talaba. Once there, head to Evangelista Street and then board a jeepney going to Binakayan or Mabolo. Tell the driver to drop you off at Saint Michael Church. 

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