why this particular church visit materialized
* another look at the church’s front
* the bell tower beneath the gathering clouds
I have finally visited the church in Brgy. Alupay, Rosario, Batangas, which I have only seen in transit in several occasions. However, the visit was cloaked in an atmosphere of sadness as the visit was for the funeral of a relative.
There was no marker that could possibly give the visitors details about the church. But judging from its structure, it must have been recently made (that is, 10-20 years ago) as compared to other churches around the town of Rosario which were built during the Spanish times in the Philippines. A school is affiliated with the church namely the Santo Rosario Academy found behind the church.
The exterior grounds are not that well-maintained but I liked the rural feel that you can still observe around – sleepy guardians waiting just outside the school gate and the freely wandering geese and turkeys.
[How to go to Holy Family Parish Church in Alupay, Rosario, Batangas: A key starting place would be Lipa City. You can board a jeepney bound for San Juan, Batangas in the terminal found on the parking grounds of Robinson’s Lipa or alternatively, in a makeshift terminal just behind the San Sebastian (Lipa City) Basilica. Tell the driver to drop you off at Alupay Church. I cannot, however, say the how much the fare is as I have already forgotten it.]