San Guillermo Church, Bacolor, Pampanga

There are days when I really feel the urge to connect: to my roots and my religion. And there's nothing more calming than praying inside a Church where its peaceful and quiet so I go places whenever I have the chance.
San Guillermo Parish Church has always been on my list of must-visit Churches in the whole archipelago. Not only because of its beauty but because of its rich history as well.

The Church was first constructed in 1576 by Agustinian Friars. By coincidence, the Church's name is after the towns' patron saint, San Guillermo and the name of the lot owner is named Don Guillermo Manabat, the landlord believed to be the founder of Bacolor.
It was hit by a massive earthquake back in 1880 and rebuilt as it is now by Fr. Eugenio Alvarez. Then as Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, it buried the 12-meter height in half. So all that's left now is half of the Church. 

I wonder if there's a chance that they'll unmask the other half in generations to come. It would be golden and I hope I'm still alive when that happens.
Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you all have a blessed day.


  1. Beautiful church. As churches gets old, their beauty exudes more. I hope I could visit this church in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  2. One thing that was great about this place (and that allowed us to plan it in a short timeframe without losing our minds) was that food, alcohol and rentals are all in house so no extra vendors to deal with. Also the view from wedding venues Los Angeles was amazing!

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  3. Bacolor is my hometown. I feel nostalgic and at peace whenever I visit this church. My Lola's ancestral house 5-minute away from the church was ravaged by lahar of the 90s but has been fully restored since then and now have fruit trees all around it (just like before). :)

    No one lives at the house there anymore, but it feels wonderful to visit and chill in a relatively quiet place every now and then with family and relatives.:)

    I feel a strong connection with San Guillermo church. It served as a pillar of strength to the people of Bacolor during the years of annual lahar/mudflow.

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