Thursday, January 17, 2013

Basilica Minore de Immaculada Conception: Malolos, Bulacan

Katedral Basilika Minore ng Parokya ng Immaculada Conception (Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception), located right in the heart of Malolos Bulacan. 

I wont say that I'm such a religious person but I really love seeing churches especially the old ones. I like the complicate details of its designs and the feeling when you get inside it really makes me feel that I'm closer to God. Discovering how its structures survived for how many decades and the hard works of the people to build it. 

The predominant feature of the Cathedral-Basilica is the semi-circular arch in its lower part. The ornamation is moderate; the massing is well balanced and the symmetrical movement of the columns and opening are almost Neo-Classic. The facade is divided by single and coupled Doric columns in three segments, and is dominated by large semi-circular arches of the openings in the first level, and the smaller ones superimposed on the second level which are alternately semi-circular and segmented.

It has been a big part of our history. It was in 1896 the seat of power of Gen. Emillio Aguinaldo the first president of Republic of the Philippines. The church served as the Presidential Palace of Emillio Aguinaldo during the First Philippine Republic from September 15, 1898 to March 31, 1899.

The Kalayaan Tree right at front of the church was planted by Emillio Againaldo. The tree said to be the living witness of Malolos Republic. Under the tree is a monument that symbolizes the meeting of Filipino Revolutionaries represented by Gregorio Del Pilar and Gen. Isidro Torres.

Also last year they have this mini museum at the church lobby where they displayed the things that were used by the Pope John Paul II when he was staying here in the Philippines. He visited Philippines twice first was a six day pastoral visit in 1981, he was also here to beatify the Martyr Lorenzo Ruiz. Second was in 1995. 

From Metro Manila, go to NLEX northbound.
Take Tabang Exit (right after Shell Service Station after Bucaue Exit).  Go straight.
At Malolos Junction, turn left under the flyover.  Malolos Cathedral is approximately a kilometer from the junction/flyover and is at the center of Malolos City proper.  (Take note that in going to the Cathedral you will pass by the equally famous Barasoain Church).

You may visit these links for more info:
Malolos Cathedral-Basilica
Bulacan Provincial Government
Malolos City

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