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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parish of St. Isidore, the Farmer, Pulilan, Bulacan

During my 13 years in Baliuag, Bulacan, I only witnessed the Pulilan Town Fiesta only once. Baliuag and Pulilan are just neighbor towns. Two years ago, I purchased a DSLR and started taking pictures of churches. I was at Baliuag, Bulacan recently to attend a birthday party and I was able to take pictures of 6 churches – in Pulilan, Baliuag, Bustos, Sabang (in Baliuag), San Rafael and San Ildefonso.

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Pulilan, Bulacan was my first stop. The old name of Pulilan was San Isidro, named after the Patron Saint of Farmers – St. Isidore the Laborer. The town’s fiesta is set every 14th and 15th of May and I’m definitely coming to this year’s Pulilan Fiesta 2014. I was able to visit the Church of Pulilan (dedicated to San Isidro) last Sunday and I realized that it’s one of the smallest town churches I’ve ever seen.

Similar to the Marilao Church, the Pulilan’s Catholic Cemetery is located besides the church. The façade of the Pulilan Church is simple with 1 belfry and the statue of San Isidro (St. Isidore) located above the main entrance. The Pulilan Church’s main doors contain the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Omega, a title attributed to the Christ. The statues of St. Augustine and St. Monica are also seen on the church’s façade.

The marker on the Pulilan Church’s façade reads:

Parroquia ng San Isidro Labrador

Pulilan, Bulacan

Ang dating campanaryo ng simbahan ay iginuho ng malakas na lindol nang taong 1882. Sa pamamagitan ng kusang abuluyan ng bayan at ibang nagmamagandang-loob ay muling ipinagawa noong Octubre 18, 1959.

Deogracias R. Javier

Cura Parroco

Catalino Espino

Inhinyero

Edgardo B. Villacorte

Coadjutor

Dionisio Coronel

Arkitekto

It’s roughly translated as:

Parish of St. Isidore the Laborer

Pulilan, Bulacan

The old belfry of the church was devastated by a strong earthquake in 1882. Through donations and the efforts of kind-hearted (parishioners), it was rebuilt on October 18, 1959.

Deogracias R. Javier

Parish Priest

Catalino Espino

Engineer

Edgardo B. Villacorte

Coadjutor

Dionisio Coronel

Architect

Another marker on the church’s façade reads:

DEDICATION

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord (Psalm 122)

We commend to the Lord the thousand of people who helped built this Church; those who shared their abundance; those who gave their skills and their labors; those who offered their prayers; and all our friends and other benefactors who gave helped transform a dream into a reality, through the efforts and guidance of our beloved pastor, Rev. Fr. Leocadio P. De Jesus.

This House of God stands as a living symbol of our common faith, a monument of friendship that makes us one in our fullest offering of thanksgiving for His beneficence.

May the Lord inscribe their names in His generous Heart and grant them their just reward.

This Solemn Dedication of the Church of the Parish of St. Isidore, the Farmer, Pulilan, Bulacan was presided by His Excellency, Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos under the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI on the 7th day of February, 2013, Year of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Malolos and Year of Faith.

That in all things God may be glorified!

Diocese of Malolos

50 Years 1963-2013

Biyaya at Pananampalataya

Let’s attend the Pulilan Town Fiesta 2014. I hope the local government of Pulilan would give me a photographer’s pass.

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The marker of the town of Pulilan near the Public Market.

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The façade of the Pulilan Church a.k.a. St. Isidore the Laborer Parish Church.

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St. Isidore the Laborer – the Patron Saint of Farmers.

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The Pulilan Church Belfry.

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The Pulilan Catholic Cemetery besides the church.

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The belfry of the Pulilan Church reconstructed in 1959.

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The side entrance of the Pulilan Church (St. Isidore Parish Church).

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St. Augustine – also the Patron Saint of Baliuag, Bulacan.

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Marker commemorating the 50th Year Anniversary of the Diocese of Malolos where Pulilan Church (and Baliuag Church) belongs.

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St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine.

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Several religious items for sale in front of the Pulilan Church (St. Isidore the Laborer Parish).

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Alpha – the first letter of the Greek Alphabet.

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Omega – the last letter of the Greek Alphabet.

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Typical Sunday morning at the Pulilan Church (Parish of St. Isidore the Laborer).

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The Church of Pulilan (dedicated to St. Isidore the Laborer) in Bulacan. I can’t wait to attend the Pulilan Town Fiesta 2014.

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The Bank of Florida, Pulilan, Bulacan (near the Public Market) where the statue of a farmer and the name PULILAN welcomes tourists to the town.

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