San Fernando City, La Union
28 February 2010
I am such a home body, but whenever I am in La Union, I just can't seem to stay in the house. I guess the itchy feet in me just couldn't bear staying at home whenever I am in a vacation. When I heard from my Aunt that there was a tiangge in San Fernando in time for its fiesta and the La Union founding anniversary, I decided to go to the city to check it out.
As much as I love market places, I didn't let the day pass without entering the church. I have long wanted to see the church where my cousin Anna got married, but I didn't know how to get there, so I just visit the St. William the Hermit Cathedral, located near the plaza.
Facade. So sorry for the not so good picture, it was really difficult to frame the whole facade, because there were some construction at the plaza for the Mutya ng La Union pageant.
A little history about the cathedral:
The church was founded in 1764 by Father Francisco Romero and Santiago Olarte. It was first build for 1773 to 1786 and the present church was built in 1817; the convent and the bell tower were added later. The church was damaged by earthquakes in 1860 and 1892, occupied by rebels in 1898 and destroyed during the liberation of the province on 25 February 1945. It was rebuilt in 1873, and was reconstructed from 1947 to 1949 under the supervision of bishop Santiago C. Sancho. St. William the Hermit Church was originally situated at Pindangan, now known as Barrio San Vicente, It wa sproclaimed a cathedral in April 1970 during the canonical erection of the diocese of San Fernando and the installation of its first bishop, Reverend Victorino C. Ligot. (Source HERE)Some pictures I took inside:
Aisle. The cathedral is open the entire day, but if there's no mass, they would turn off most of the lights to conserve energy.
Angel. Before entering a Catholic Church, there is a container with holy water where church goers dip their fingers before making the sign of the cross. Usually, these containers look like a big shell, but this cathedral had two angels holding a basin for the holy water.
Altar. So gold! :)
Saying His Prayers. One last picture before I left the cathedral.
I was there at around 2pm, and the mass is scheduled at 5pm, so I just said my prayers before leaving. I don't know the mass schedules, but from what I know of, there is a mass celebrated everyday at 5pm and 6pm. I will visit the church again later this month and will update the details about the schedule.
When I was still living with my Aunt in 1999 - 2000, we always hear mass in this cathedral before we eat dinner at a nearby restaurant. There has been some changes inside the church, but of course what the church symbolizes will always remain.
*** Jenn ***