Augustinian Churches · Philippines

Repost: 10 Augustinian built heritage churches in the Philippines you should see

This year, 2015, marks the 450th year of the presence of the Augustinians in the Philippines, the 450th year of the finding of the image of the Sto. Nino in Cebu and the 50th anniversary of the Minor Basilica of Sto. Nino. This post, celebrates these milestones by honoring the pioneering Augustinian order thru the churches that they built. To simplify things, I based it on the four churches inscribed under the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, UNESCO World Heritage list and the rest, a selection of Augustinian built churches known for their outstanding architecture, and are declared National Cultural Treasures (NCT). Boljoon, other than a NCT, is also nominated in the Baroque Churches of the Philippines extensionlist. And of course, The Minor Basilica of Sto. Nino is an important shrine and is a declared National Historical Landmark. simbahan-san-agustin Continue readings…. ORIGINAL POST. ____________________________________ Source:

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The Life of Fray Diego de Herrera and his martyrdom in the Philippines

Actual text translated into English from the “Conquistas de las Islas de Filipinas” by Fray Gaspar de San Agustin, OSA, pp. 749-759

The Life of the venerable Fray Diego de Herrera, and the unfortunate failure of the mission he was conducting in this Province

Of the lamentable events of Father Martin de Rada and Father Agustin de Albuquerque in the voyage they undertook to China, the end that the venerable Fray Diego de Herrera met was the most unfortunate and fatal, with the new operatives who accompanied him to these islands, in the propagation of the faith not only there but also in this archipelago and that of the vast empire of China, whose tragedy is retold but historians. However, I preferred to follow the narrative he makes it to the letter, as well as about the life of such an apostolic gentleman, as written by Fray Jose Sicardo in Adiciones a la Historia Mejicana.[1]

The venerable Fray Diego de Herrera was born of honorable parents, in an area of the Archbishopric of Toledo names Recas. He was the son of Miguel de Alameda and his legitimate wife, Juana Martinez. As good Christians, they educated their son in good customs. He grew so well-inclined that as a child, he would gather together others of his age, and would play at preaching them platitudes. Everyone admired his saintly propensity in this undertaking, and was of the opinion that God destined him for greater things, as time would prove when he would become a famous preacher in Spain, Mexico and the Philippines, where his efficacy and sweet words and sentences would enthrall his listeners. He was inclined to the religious state, and took on our habit at the convent of Toledo, where he professed his vows on March 10, 1545, even Fray Martin Claver in the history he wrote of our province  in the Philippine states that he was a native of Medina del Campo and the son of our convent in Valladolid.[2] However, not even Father Herrera[3] found him among the sons of that convent, nor did I find him among the list I have of them. Our famous historian[4] states his teacher was Fray Jeronimo Roman, and since he would have taken his vows in our Haro [Jaro] convent on August 8, 1551 and the venerable Fray Diego on March 10, 1545, the time is proportionate to encompass the studies to which he admits, because before leaving the province of Castille, the venerable Fray Diego and expounded there with the credit corresponding to his great genius and knowledge due to his continuous studies; albeit with such subordinate resignation to his prelates that the enterprises of spiritual conquests were more the result of obedience than of the ardent spirit with which he undertook them. Continue reading “The Life of Fray Diego de Herrera and his martyrdom in the Philippines”

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)

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Site visits, secondary data analysis



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