Text and photos by Jervis Gonzales
PEOPLE would usually think of the Ilocos region whenever they hear about century-old churches. However, the province of Laguna is also home to a number of well-preserved Spanish-era churches that should be included in one’s Visita Iglesia itinerary during the Holy Week.
The previous guide discussed the churches spanning from Calamba to Magdalena, which may pose a challenge as travelling to and from each church to another is a bit complicated (imagine traveling from Calamba to Los Baños and then to San Pablo and Magdalena only to find yourself winding up in Alaminos). The churches featured in this guide will span from Santa Cruz to Siniloan, which is fairly easier as the churches between these towns are mostly along the highway.
Immaculate Conception Parish Church (Santa Cruz)
Seated in the heart of the provincial capitol of Santa Cruz, the Immaculate Conception Parish Church was built way back in 1608. The stone church was destroyed during the liberation of the town from the Japanese in 1945, and was reconstructed in 1948. Although the church looks a little newer than its other baroque counterparts in other areas, devotees can still feel the Spanish-era vibe.