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Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Iconic Barasoain Church

I first learned about the iconic Barasoain Church from the P10 paper bill. It’s common practice back then to find the cat on the façade of Barasoain Church.

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I first saw this church in person in 1994 when I enrolled for college at the Bulacan State University (BSU) in Malolos, Bulacan. I remember seeing this church for the first time and for me, it looks smaller in person as compared to pictures. I haven’t taken pictures of the interior though which gives me another reason to revisit this iconic church.

Last November 10, 2012 was last visit to this iconic church, after 12 years, from graduating in college in 2000. I was able to take pictures of this church for the first time as well as the Adoration Chapel at the back of the church near the bell tower. This church is also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Church.

The marker on the façade of the Barasoain Church reads:

Church of Barasoain

This church housed the Revolutionary Congress which was inaugurated on September 15, 1898. Pedro A. Paterno was president. It was here that the Congress, among other measures, discussed and approved the Malolos Constitution.

Gratefully recognizing the significance of the events that occurred here, the University of the Philippines made a pilgrimage to this spot and placed this marker on National Heroes Day, the 30th of November in the Year of Our Lord, 1938, and of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, the 4th.

Another marker reads:

Church of Barasoain

Barasoain was originally part of Malolos until its official separation on August 31, 1859. In 1903 it became part of Malolos again. The old church constructed by Rev. Francisco Royo, O.S.A. was destroyed by fire in May 1884 but rebuilt by Rev. Juan Giron, O.S.A. in 1885. This church was the seat of the Revolutionary Congress which convened from the middle of September 1898, to the last week of February, 1899, under the presidency of Pedro A. Paterno. Among the important measures passed by the Congress was the Malolos Constitution drafted chiefly by Felipe G. Calderon.

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There is a monument of Emilio Aguinaldo in front of the Barasoain church which has a marker that reads:

Emilio Aguinaldo Y Famy

(1869-1964)

Unang pangulo ng Pilipinas. Dito niya sa Malolos pansamantalang inilipat ang Pamahalaang Rebolusyonaryo mula Bakoor, Kabite dahil sa napipintong Digmaang Filipino-Amerikano, 10 Setyembre 1898 – 31 Marso 1899. Pinulong ang Kongreso ng Malolos sa Simbahan ng Barasoain, Bulacan upang magbalangkas ng Saligang Batas, 15 Setyembre 1898 na nagtatag ng Republika ng Pilipinas, ang Unang Republika sa Asya, 23 Enero 1899.

For the sake of my foreign readers and followers, the words on the marker is roughly translated as:

Emilio Famy Aguinaldo

(1869-1964)

First president of the Philippines. It is here in Malolos that he transferred the Revolutionary Government from Bacoor, Cavite (September 10, 1898 – March 31, 1899) because of the imminent Filipino-American War. He convened the Malolos Congress in the Church of Barasoain to draft a Constitution in September 15, 1898 that established the Republic of the Philippines, the First Republic in Asia, in January 23 1899.

It’s very nostalgic to visit the iconic Barasoain Church after 12 years. Have you been to this church?

IMG_9165The Bell Tower of the iconic Barasoain Church

IMG_9166 IMG_9167The Barasoain Church at midday 

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The markers on the facade of the church signifies its historical importance

IMG_9171Arch of the main entrance of Barasoain Church

IMG_9172The most distinguish feature of the Barasoain Church – the Rose Window

IMG_9173 IMG_9174I badly need a wide-angle lens to capture this majestic church 

IMG_9175The side entrance near the Bell Tower

IMG_9176 The side of the Barasoain Church is adorned with an image of The Christ

IMG_9177 Our Lady of Mount Carmel, inside the Adoration Chapel

IMG_9178The Adoration Chapel

IMG_9180 The Bell Tower of Barasoain Church

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The Philippine Flag in front of the Barasoain Church signifies its importance in Philippine history

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