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Monday, March 31, 2014

Marilao Church (St. Michael the Archangel Parish)

I grew up in Baliuag, Bulacan and I studied high school there. Then I went to college in Malolos, Bulacan. I spent 13 years in Bulacan before eventually living here in Pasig City. During those 13 years, I rarely went out of Baliuag and visit the neighboring towns.

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Now that I have a DSLR, I had this dream of taking pictures of all the major churches in Bulacan (the ones located in the town’s Poblacion). Now that I’m courting Kel from Marilao, Bulacan, I would definitely spend a lot of time in my boyhood province of Bulacan.

Yesterday was our First Date and we visited the Marilao Church (dedicated to Saint Michael, the Archangel). It was closed yesterday since it is Monday but the caretaker of the church allowed us in to take pictures of the interior. He said that there are a lot of weddings happening in this church because it has a long aisle (for walking down the aisle). I also noticed that the main altar of the church depicts the Archangel Michael defeating Lucifer and on the other side, shows the Virgin Mary being crowned by the Trinity as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The marker on the church’s façade reads:

Simbahan ng Marilao

Sa simula ay kapilya lamang. Ang simbahang ito ay unang ipinatayo ni Padre Vicente de Talavera noong ika-21 ng Abril 1796 kasabay ng pagtatatag ng bayan at parokya ng Marilao. Iniluklok na pintakasi ng parokya nito si San Miguel Arkanghel. Sinimulang baguhin at palakihin noong 1848 at natapos noong 1868. Nasunog noong 1899 nang panahon ng digmaang Pilipino at Amerikano. Sinimulan ang pagsasaayos noong 1902 at ibinalik sa dating laki 1922. Natapos ng hustong kayariaan noong 1967 sa pangangasiwa ni P. Jose M. Salas.

This is my rough translation for my foreign pal Honza and my foreign blog readers:

Marilao Church

In the beginning, it’s just a chapel. This church was first built by Father Vicente de Talavera on April 21, 1796 along with the founding of the town and the parish of Marilao. This parish church was dedicated (consecrated) under the protection of Saint Michael the Archangel. The renovation and expansion of the church started in 1848 and was finished in 1868. The church was burned in 1899 during the time of the Filipino-American war. It was rebuilt in 1902 and was restored to the original size in 1922. It was finally completed in 1967 under the supervision of Father Jose M. Salas.

The Marilao Church (Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church) is under the Diocese of Malolos.

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The façade of the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church (Marilao Church).

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The marker of the church explaining its history.

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The program of activities of the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church in Marilao, Bulacan for the upcoming Holy Week 2014 celebration.

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Detail of the Papal Seal on the church’s main door.

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The Campo Santo (Cemetery) is located just beside the Marilao Church.

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The building besides the Marilao Church. I guess this is where the parish church holds its office.

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Christ the King.

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The church has a long aisle and is perfect for weddings – for walking the bride down the aisle.

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Details of the ceiling of the Marilao Church.

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The Main Altar of the Marilao Church.

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The side windows.

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Another view of the long aisle of the church.

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Saint Joseph.

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Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Marilao, Bulacan.

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The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

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The arch where the 2 (of 4) Evangelists can be seen.

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Saint Michael defeated Lucifer.

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The dead body of Christ. I forgot the official name of this depiction of Christ.

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Christ the Nazarene.

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Our Lady of Sorrows

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The main altar as seen from the last pew.

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Entrance to the Campo Santo (Cemetery) besides the Marilao Church.

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That’s the side window of the Marilao Church.

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The Campo Santo (Cemetery) besides the Marilao Church.

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Saint Michael the Archangel on the façade of the Marilao Church.

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I have no idea who this saint is.

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