Monday, October 10, 2011

Jasaan Church, Misamis Oriental

I was given the chance to visit this historical parish site during our Medina Trip last October 01-02, 2011. During our visit, the church was being renovated and refurnished but still, it was worthwhile.

So, what church I am talking about? It is the Jasaan Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church.

La Immaculada Concepcion Parish Church also known as the Jasaan Church is located at the Municipality of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. An hour from Cagayan de Oro City. The parish church was built around the late 19th Century and early 20's by the Jesuits. What's the catch about this church is that it is one of the National Historical Landmark of the Philippines. Not only that, it is one of the Natural Cultural Heritage and a Heritage Structure of the Spanish Colonial Period. 

The church was declared as one of the National Historical Landmarks in the Philippines last January 10, 1974 by the Philippine Government and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) P.D. 374 Amending Certain Section Of Republic Act No. 4846 Otherwise known as " THE CULTURAL PROPERTIES PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION ACT.)

TRIVIA:
The church is a provincial attempt at imitation of urban design, in this case, San Ignacio Church in Manila. The Jesuit brothers Francisco Rivera and Juan Cuesta are credited with the construction of the original church, - Philippine Church FACADES by Pedro G. Galende, OSA.
Below is the original parish bell dated around 18th Century. Imagine, the parish folks saved this historically magnificent stuff for a long time and up until now, it is still existing. Luckily, I captured photos and personally see this old-aged tower bell.

From the church, the ground floor itself, you actually need to use the stairs for you to go to the bell tower and watch the century-old bell. There are 4-5 stair floors that you need to climb which has at least 10-12 steps each stairways. And mind you, it is a sort of a nerve cracking experience climbing the stairs since the stairways are made of woods. Some of it actually has no hand support. Just prepare your knees to tremble when you go down from the bell tower.


P.S.:
Check the photos I captured during our tour.

Now I can confidently say with a smile, "I've been to this parish". Still, I wanna visit this church again together with my family and my girlfriend. :)

(The window is a mixed of European cultured mosaic and the Muslim design)
(The front view of the Parish Church)
(The side view of the Parish)

(Side entrance of the Parish)


 (Inside the Jasaan Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church)

(Back part of the Parish)


2 comments:

  1. you did not capture the exact color of the altar. i was very disturbed together with my town's web forum, we asked one of our cousins to check it out. The color is not red...it is as the original white color. Please re check what is wrong with that picture.

    although, i like the other pictures.

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  2. Hi!

    I'm pretty sure I captured the exact scene since I used a full colored contrast type of photography. The color of the altar is actually a "brick-red" not white when we came there. Perhaps, the church people colored the altar into a red one (it is actually my own notion)during our trip since it was renovated and refurnished.

    If you want, you can check this link for references.

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.205161782887567.49213.140226526047760&type=1

    Thanks and best regards,
    Count Clement II
    Site Owner
    I AM A TRAVELER: BEST SPOTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

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