It was a year of fulfilling travel aspirations, ticking off items on my bucket list, a year of widening my horizon and taking that leap of faith, a year of meeting new friends and strengthening existing relationships. As the year bid goodbye, let us once again relive the twelve wonderful months of 2014.
Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest work of art in the Philippines, are cave carvings found in the province of Rizal dated 3000 B.C. It was in 1965 when these cave carvings were discovered by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco when he lead a troop of boy scouts in the mountainside of Angono and Binangonan. The site is actually on the political jurisdiction of Binangonan. But it was named after Angono, a municipality 3.5 kilometers away, since it was Francisco’s hometown. To date, to recognize the two municipalities, the landmark is now officially known as the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Site.
Churches played a vital role in the nation’s history especially during the Spanish occupation when the demarcation line on the roles of the church and state were not clearly defined. The locations of these churches were built strategically, usually in the vicinity of the municipal hall and the town plaza.
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.