Christianity is one of the things that Spaniards have introduced to us during the 333-year Spanish colonization. Since then, there are a lot of religions that have emerged; one of them is the Roman Catholic and declared as the main religion in the country. As Catholicism began in the Philippines, the building of churches has been developed. Many places in the country blessed with a lot of beautiful churches and glorious stories to tell behind. Aside from its historical destinations, Laguna is one of the provinces that have many old and historic churches. More than twenty churches have been in the entire area. Every Lenten season, a lot of people come to Laguna to pay a visit to its remarkable churches during Visita Iglesia.
1. St. John the Baptist Parish Church
St. John the Baptist Church was founded in 1605 by Father Miguel de San Lucas in honor of St. John the Baptist. It is also known as Liliw Church as it was primarily located in the municipality of Liliw, the Slipper Capital of the Philippines. The original style of the church was built out of wood and then rebuilt using adobe rocks and clay bricks from 1643 to 1646. However, the 1880 Luzon earthquake damage to the church. It was rebuilt in 1885 but unfortunately, the church was damaged again but at that time, by a fire. With the help of its parishioners and the community, it was then rebuilt and until now, they helped together to preserve and restore their one of a kind treasure. You’ll be welcomed by the three golden altars as you enter the church and feel fascinated with its forms. The main altar in the center consists of thirteen niches of statues of saints, while the two minor altars on both sides houses four niches of saints.