Sunday, February 3, 2013

2013 Jan: Philippines: Albay: Catholic Churches

Too early for the Visita Iglesia - our Albay trip is one of our travels where we visited a number of churches.  

Albay Cathedral
Address: Albay District 4500 Legazpi City, Philippines
English Mass: 11am on Sundays

Just in heart of the town proper is the Albay Cathedral.  The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great, also called the Albay Cathedral, is the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi. The cathedral started as a wooden chapel built by early Spanish missionaries who moved into the town in the 1580s. It was damaged by American bombers and reconstruction went beyond 1951. The church was elevated to become a cathedral when the Episcopal See of the Diocese of Legaspi was established. [Reference]

Church of Cagsaua
The spiritual administration of Cagsaua from 1587 to 1595 was under the parish of Camalig.  The church was buried by rocks and lava during the eruption of Mayon Volcano in February 1814.

Church of Daraga
Address: Daraga, 4501 Albay, Philippines
English Mass: 9:30am on Sundays

Also known as Our Lady of the Gate Parish.  This church is an example of Baroque style.  This is where the church goers moved when Cagsaua Church was destroyed by the volcanic eruption.

Chapel at Eco Park, Misibis

Special chapel and masses are celebrated only on special occasions like Wedding. No mass is celebrated even on Sundays.

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish
Address: Legazpi Port District, 4500 Legazpi City, Philippines
English Mass: 9:30am, 11am, 5pm on Sundays

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