The Churches in Cavite
Published: 04/15/2010 by WowCavite.com
San Antonio De Padua Parish – The church is located at Silang Cavite. St. Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, Cavite –is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It was initially built in wood in 1638 and was erected by six Filipino families hailing from the towns of Maragondon and Silang. St. Mary Magdalene is the patroness saint of Kawit. In 1737, the cornerstones were built however; it was destroyed in 1831 by a strong typhoon. It was handled by the Secular priests in 1786 and then by the Recolletos in 1894. The present structure was constructed in 1737. It was renovated in 1990. Through the concerted efforts of the Kawiteños, the church was renovated and given a traditional face lift in 1990. In 1869, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the president of the first Philippine Republic was baptized in this church. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar — Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar also known as Imus Cathedral has an old Hispanic architecture, imposing red colored bricks that make up the arches and walls of the place. Latin inscriptions accentuate the arches of the church. Immaculate Conception Church (Dasmariñas, Cavite) — Immaculate Conception Church was the Place where a bloody battle between the Spanish troops and Filipino troops occured. Many town residents were imprisoned, executed and buried during the Japanese occupation. Its convent was once the seat of the civil government. La Asunción de la Nuestra Señora (Maragondon,Cavite) — The Augustinian Recollect Church features integrate galleon and floral motifs in its pulpit and church doors, which dates from the Jesuits. Much of the church, bell tower and lower portion of the convent is made of river stones. the church also features a distinctive horseshoe-shaped communion rail. Imus Cathedral — The church is an exponent of old Hispanics architecture and exudes an ambiance conducive to monastic life and spiritual meditation. The colors have darkened with time, nevertheless, one would not fail to notice the red colored bricks that make up the arches and walls of the place. Latin inscriptions accentuate the arches of the church. Silang Catholic Church —the church is large and the altar has intricate designs. There are numerous statues of Christ, Mary, and the saints of the Catholic Church ensconced within the altars’ multi- level wooden platforms with stylized carvings. Legend goes that the church simply miraculously appeared overnight during the Spanish times. Others claim that it was created through forced labor instituted by the Spanish colonizers. The church was said to have been constructed in 1585. General Trias Catholic Church — The Church altar is decorated with many ornately-carved statues of religious Catholic saints and personas mainly set upon a multi-tiered wooden carved platform. The church dates back to the Spanish period more than 300 years ago. The altar design is remarkably similar to the Silang Church. Maragondon Catholic Church — Of 17th century vintage, the Marigondon Catholic Church was built by the Dominican friars. It has a large convent made of different antique woods and bricks. The wooden altar, pulpit and main portal are finely crafted. One of the main attractions is the tower which in the olden times, served as a lookout for signs of enemy instructions. Our Lady of La Salette Shrine — this church was built by the American Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, known to Filipinos as Our Lady of Hope. The shrine is famous for its unique park theme and giant woodcarvings of the Last Supper and the Stations of the Cross. Serenity is endowed by well-tended pine trees, shrubbery and expansive lawns at this place. An imposing shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in the middle of a well-trimmed garden surrounded by flags of different nations where Catholicism thrived. Retreat houses, chapels, souvenir shops, and other interesting attractions make the place interesting not only for cursory visitations but for spiritual contemplation as well.