Standing tall and proud since 1615, St. Jerome Church or Iglesia de San Geronimo or simply Morong Church is one of the Spanish churches that the province of Rizal is very proud of. With its very unique façade, every visitor of this famed church will fall in love to it instantly.
While it being of neo-baroque architecture, influence of Chinese craftsmen who were part of the construction of this magnificent landmark is very evident. To name a few are the two lion sculptures in the church’s entrance and the octagonal shape of its bell tower.
Although I have not done my research yet if this is the only church in the country of this design, its bell tower also serves as its façade or main entrance to the church, directing to the aisle up to the altar. On top of the three-storey bell tower is a cross with its light glowing at night which also serves as a lighthouse for local fishermen in the nearby areas.
At present, Iglesia de San Geronimo is a famous site for photography enthusiast, for weddings, and for the catholic tradition, Visita Iglesia. This place of worship also houses a first class relic of its patron, St. Jerome. The celebrated feast day of the town is every first Sunday of February and the feast day of St. Jerome is on the 15th of September.
If you are coming from EDSA, Morong can be reached via public jeepneys located beside Star Mall Shaw. A day trip to this attractively quaint town can be survived with a 200-peso budget per person.