Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Churches of Negros Occidental

1-3 June 2015. Negros Occidental.

San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod City

This baroque architectural church was originally founded by Bishop Mariano Cuartero, O.P. The church became a cathedral on June 23, 1993. Most of the pillars, walls, and foundations of the church are of coral stones although cement was used to help maintain the solidity of the structure. The altar was grand, as is expected of a cathedral. What drew me to it, however, is the image of San Sebastian with arrows piercing his body. In front of the Cathedral is the Bacolod Public Plaza but I did not linger because I wanted so much to rest my tired feet from my trek of the Murcia falls.

Barangay Sang Birhen Church, Bacolod City

It was a simple church located inside the Sta. Clara Subdivision. Nothing is simple once you step inside the church though. All the images are made of shells. The altar is a mural of shells. The chandelier is made up of shells arranged to trickle down from the ceiling to such impressive effect.

Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish, Bacolod City

Located at Barangay Alijis, I made it a point to visit this Church to pray to Saint Jude and thank him for answered favors. The facade of the church looks new and clean. The altar looked grand with its marble-like columns and gold and silver carvings. The place was so quiet; I felt at peace praying to Saint Jude.

San Diego de Alcala Pro-Cathedral Church, Silay City

The church is said to be the center of Catholic faith in Silay City and the only church in the province with a dome. It is also the only pro-cathedral in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila, having been declared as such in 1994. The dome added grandeur to the otherwise simple wooden altar of the church.