Augustinian Churches

Angels in Stone: Architecture of Augustinian Churches in the Philippines

Angels in Stones: Augustinian Churches in the Philippines

General Information
ID No.: LIT058

Subject Covered: Augustinian Architecture, Colonial Architecture, Chruch Architecture

Areas Covered: Philippines (Luzon and Visayas Region)

Period Covered: 1565-1898

Medium: Book

Bibliographic Details
Author: Galande, Pedro

Year Published: 1987
Book Title: Angels in Stone: Architecture of Augustinian Churches in the Philippines

Publisher: Metro Manila/ GA, Formoso Publishing

Page Total: 526
Illustration Total: 788 photos

14 sketches
1 floor plan
1 map

ISBN: 971 857 5006

Library Reference:
Rizal Library

The book is a documentation of Augustinian churches in the Philippines that were built during the Spanish colonial period. It provides historical accounts and detailed descriptions of different Augustinian churches in Luzon and the Visayas. It contains black and white photos of the interior and exterior of the documented churches.

This is a one-page description of what the book is about: a documentation of architecture and construction of churches and convents in the Luzon and Visayas regions of the Philippines by pioneering Augustinian friars during the Spanish colonial period. It identifies three aspects of Spanish colonization: culture and development, dual motivation of the colonization policy, and the distinctive colonial architecture and town-planning model which leaves a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The preface opens up with commentaries on how some historical areas of the Philippines have been neglected including the development of Philippine architecture. It follows past accounts of the Augustinians in the Philippines. The author justified the choice of Augustinian churches for study by pointing out their existence in original forms despite some restorations. Part of the preface is about the construction of the Augustinian churches and convents. It described religious architecture in the Philippines as “Filipino” in style. The preface also gives a general overview of the characteristics of the church. The succeeding pages provide detailed narratives of different towns and Augustinian churches listed below. Included are the history, location, and foundation of the towns, construction and style of the church and convent. The lists are divided into geographical areas, which are also briefly described.

Metro Manila: San Agustin (Intramuros), Monastery of Guadalupe, Tondo, Malabon (Tambobong), “Ermita” of Mandaluyong, Navotas, Malate, Parañaque, Pasig, Beaterio de Pasig, Pateros, Taguig

Laguna: San Pablo de los Montes

Batangas: Batangas City, San Jose, Ibaan, Cuenca, Lipa, Tanauan, Talisay, Bauan, Taal, Sanctuary of Caysasay, Lemery

Bulacan: Calumpit, Bulacan (town), Guiguinto, Malolos, Santa Isabel, Barasoain, Paombong, Hagonoy, Pulillan, Baliwag, Angat, Bustos, Plaridel (Quingua), Bigaa (Balagtas), San Rafael, San Miguel de Mayumo

Pampanga: Lubao, Betis, Macabebe, Candaba, Bacolor, Mexico, Arayat, Guagua, Sexmoan, Porac, Apalit, Magalang, Minalin, Santa Rita, San Fernando, Santa Ana, San Simon, Angeles, San Luis, Floridablanca, Masantol

Tarlac: Tarlac, Concepcion, Victoria

Nueva Ecija: Gapan, Cabiao, San Antonio, Cabanatuan, Peñaranda

La Union: Agoo, Aringay, Bauang, San Fernando, San Juan, Bacnotan, Naguilian, Luna (Namacpacan), Balaoan, Bangar Ilocos Sur: Tagudin, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia, Candon, Santiago, San Esteban, Santa Maria, Narvacan, Santa, Bantay, San Ildefonso, Magsingal, San Juan, Cabugao, Sinait Abra: Bangued, Pidigan, La Paz

Ilocos Norte: Laoag, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Bangui, Vintar, Sarrat, Piddig, Dingras, San Nicolas, Batac, Paoay, Badoc

Iloilo: San Jose, Oton (Ogtong), Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miag-ao, San Joaquin, Leon, Tubungan, Alimodian, Jaro, La Paz, Pavia, Santa Barbara, Cabatuan, Janiuay, Lambunao, Calinog, Leganes, Pototan, Dingle, Dueñas, Passi, Dumangas, Barotac Nuevo, Barate

Capiz: Capiz, Dao, Loctugan, Dumalag, Panay, Dumarao

Antique: Aniniy, Bugason, Patnongon Cagayan Islands: Cagayancillo

Cebu: San Santo Niño de Cebu, San Nicolas, Carcar, Boljoon, Dalaguete, Argao, Opon, Naga, Sibonga, Talisay, Oslob, Minglanilla, San Fernando, Cordova, El Pardo, Nueva Caceres, Alcoy, Talamban (Mabolo)

Summary Methodology:
Site visits, secondary data analysis



ID110 – 20120911


2 thoughts on “Angels in Stone: Architecture of Augustinian Churches in the Philippines

  1. Hello, we operate the website and and we have been trying to obtain a copy of Fr Galande’s 2 books on the Historic Churches of the Philippines. The one of most interest is Angels in Stone. If anyone can help us find a copy, we would appreciate any assistance possible.

    1. Hi Fergus,

      Have you visited the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros, Manila? I think they have copies of the two books of Fr. Galende. You can contact the personnel in-charge via their website. I am not so sure of how many copies are left.

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