Yesterday I went to Pampanga with a group of friends from FUNtastic Philippines. We went on a convoy of 16 vehicles, meeting up in San Fernando early in the morning. Our schedule was followed with precision so that we can visit all the places we had planned to photograph.
Thus our day looked like this:
06:30 am to 07:00 am Meet Up / Assembly – Robinsons Starmills, City of San Fernando
07:00 am to 07:45 am travel time to Sta. Rita via OG Road
07:45 am to 08:30 am Church of Sta Rita de Cascia, Sta Rita
08:30 am to 08:45 am travel time to Lubao
08:45 am to 09:30 am Church of San Agustin , Lubao
09:30 am to 10:00 am travel time to Bacolor via OG Road
10:00 am to 10:45 am Church of San Guillermo, Bacolor
10:45 am to 11:15 am travel time to Betis, Guagua
11:15 am to 12:15 pm Church of Santiago Apostol, Betis, Guagua
12:15 pm to 12:45 pm Visit to Betis Woodcarvers’ factory
12:45 pm to 01:00 pm travel time to Balite San Fernando via Megadike Road
01:00 pm to 2:30 pm Lunch at Capampangan Island
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm travel to Angeles City via McArthur Highway
03:00 pm to 3:45 pm Church of the Holy Rosary, Angeles City
03:45 pm to 4:00 pm travel time to Marquee Mall via Pandan Road
04:00 pm to 5:00 pm Marquee Mall / Halo Halo Time at Kabigting’s
FIRST STOP: STA RITA DE CASCIA
LUBAO: Church of San Agustin
Lubao is the hometown of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. No politics here, we only wanted to visit the church.
BETIS : Church of Santiago Apostol
The church in Betis is most likely the most photographed church in Pampanga. It has the most intricate interiors, courtesy of the woodcarvers and Betis artists. The painting on the ceiling is so elaborate that one can’t resist thinking of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. This church is also the only church I have visited that is adorned with drapes/curtains. In a conversation with the parish priest, he also mentioned that this church is also the only one where they have 12 apostles on the wall, with Judas excluded.
BETIS GALLERIA : Wood carvers
An intersting sidelight is a visit to Betis Galleria where artist Wilfredo Tadeo Layug creates masterpieces that go around the world.
In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit on Ecclessiastical Art.
BACOLOR: Church of San Guillermo
I will write separately about this church and its beautiful story. Meanwhile, here is the facade of the Church of San Guillermo
Side trip : MUSEO NING ANGELES
ANGELES CITY : Church of the Holy Rosary
CAP YOUR DAY : at the MarQuee Mall, an Ayala mall