Monday, June 3, 2013

Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Puerto Princesa Palawan


Located along the Rizal Avenue, Barangay Liwanag, this historical landmark celebrated the first mass in Puerto Princesa in 1872 where a Spanish expedition proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the Patroness of Puerto Princesa.

One of the famous tourist destinations in the city, the blue-colored cathedral with its pointed symmetrical arches has a touched of Gothic craftsmanship style in which reminds you of Medieval Europe era.
According to the local guides, the cathedral which was a small church or more likely a chapel was built during the time where Spanish invaders colonized the country and founded the highland on March 04, 1872. Moreover, the vicinity is a perfect settlement for the Spaniards for its steep hill and its far-reaching flat terrain.

It was the late Father Antonio Muro who ideally planned to contruct the chapel for the settlers. History says that he was the one who planned to level a portion of the hill for the building of the small church. Additionally, by the year 1961, the construction of the Cathedral using cements was realized changing the small church into a grandeur minster.

During my nth visit of the city of Puerto Princesa, i was given a chance again to visit this magnificent work of architecture. Same as before, I am being awed by its marvelous edifice reminding me of Medieval Europe.

ADDED INFORMATION:
Every 8th of the month of December, Puerto Princesa City celebrates its Fiesta which is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Accordingly, the activities begin during the first week of December with a series of religious activities. The celebration extends towards the Christmas season giving the month-long activity as "Pista Na, Pasko Pa".



Taking a photo souvenir with  my friends Ms Socrith and Ms Angel outside the Cathedral.

Liceo de Cagayan University HRIM Students during the Palawan Educational Tour 2013
Inside the Cathedral with Ms Clarisse Manaloto.

The magnificent facade of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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