Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Taking a Breather at San Antonio de Padua Church, Los Baños, Laguna

* a view of San Antonio de Padua from Robinson’s Town Mall, Los Baños

* the arched entrance;
the security guard was either checking out the pe
ople or half-attending the mass
* an image of Christ

As I have said many times before, Catholic churches (discounting the religious setting for which they were actually built) are really conducive for reflection and rest both for believers and non-believers. And so after experiencing Corregidor Island for a day, I thought it better to make a side-trip to San Antonio de Padua Church in Los Baños, Laguna.

The place is not new to me, having posted an earlier entry about the church. But then, new things crop up even in places you have visited before. I have initially planned to climb the bell tower but my plan did not push through. But nevertheless, some information came my way.

* a wooden cross

* the church’s retablo

* the people of Los Baños attending the mass

A marker noted the solemn dedication of Barangay Batong Malake in a Ritual Mass on September 1, 2010. This was done during the 20th anniversary of the canonical election of the Parish by the Most Reverend Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo City. The said event was also attended by Reverend Father Reynaldo C. Hayag, parish priest, the Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Committee, and other guest priests and religious. From the said marker, it can be inferred that the parish is already 20 years old. But with regards to the events or circumstances leading to the establishment of the said church, more can still be studied and researched.

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