* Iglesia Filipina Indepediente: Sa Diyos at sa Bayan – Bibliya, Agham, Kawanggawa, Kalayaan; notice the flag in this seal, it is as if they are at war
* the Aglipay church’s exterior
Tours and revisits definitely expand one’s knowledge of places and their past. This was true of a revisit to the town of Rosario, Batangas. Tucked just behind the municipal building, the church of the Iglesia Filipina Indepediente (IFI) turns out to be the oldest church in the town of Rosario. The church was founded on January 19, 1909 and was visited by none other than the Iglesia’s father himself: Gregorio L. Aglipay. (As a side note, I think it would be good to discuss Aglipay’s story here in Back Trails).
The church’s interior do not lack the features found also in Catholic churches – images, religious items, among other. One eye catcher inside, however, was the choice of colors for their altar, which seemed to me a bit brighter than the eye can handle. Also, I found it surprising to find a grave inside the church.* some of the images found inside
The church’s Adoration Chapel was donated by the Luansing Family to IFI. It was inaugurated and blessed by Rev. Fr. Christian Sage Rey and Rt. Rev. Rowel Arevalo on December 16, 2008.
It is good to realize that traces of our past, whether they have strong bearing to our history or do not, inspires a starting history enthusiast to go and explore many different places. I see that I still have a lot of things to learn as I go and visit places here in the country.