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Saint James Church

  • Posted on:  Monday, 20 May 2013 07:08
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  • The two edifices of lasting heritage symbols of Christianization in the region are the St. James Church and the Old Rectory (Jesuit Mission House). Although more structures were built throughout the years, the old Spanish masonry and Architecture were retained. Living evidences of their cultural and historical significance are the old facade and materials of these buildings.
  • Built in 1871, it made use of indigenous materials like rocks, sea corals, sand and lime from burnt shells for its masonry work. Reinforcement materials on the other hand made use of “Batakan” or hard, thick bamboo.
  • In 1892, the rectory was designated to be Rizal’s official residence while in exile but the conditions imposed on him were too much that he instead lived with Captain Ricardo Carnicero.
  • In1894, Rizal was requested to make a canvass oil painting to be placed behind the main altar by a young Spanish Jesuit Missionary, Fr. Vicente Balaguer. The backdrop measured more or less 15 meters by 10 meters. A Filipino nun, Agustina Montoya and Francisco Almirol, a Dapitan painter assisted Rizal.
  • Today, a replica is kept at the choir loft of the St. James Church since the original was destroyed during the Second World War.
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