start point : STA RITA

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


I like shooting windows. Especially when rays of light cast a shadow

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.

Church of San Agustin, Lubao

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.


The artist Layug beside his inspiration, National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Abueva as a bust created by Layug looks real, as if they are both addressing the audience.


Layug’s interpretation of Guernica – – – breaking tranquility from the inside. This work has been bought by a European artist



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






ANGELES CITY : Church of the Holy Rosary








CAP YOUR DAY : at the MarQuee Mall, an Ayala mall



And for this diabetic traveler and his FUNtastic Philippijnes friends, Pampanga’s other best halohalo (and I say it is better) at Kabigtings is the best part of the whole day. Of course the lunch buffet at Capampangan Island in San Fernando comes really really close.



  1. I guess you don’t know about our small town Sasmuan it is easily accessible via Lubao right at San Agustin Church it is not an heritage church but it is a nice one The Sta Lucia Parish our patron Saint is Sta. Lucia many says she granted many requested petitions to those who ask .

  2. Thanks for sharing this. We will have our Visita Iglesia in Pampanga and I will share your IT with my friends.

  3. Thanks for this information, i enjoy reading your feature. I just want to know where can i find the church of impossible. According to my friend the church is in Sta. Rita Pampanga, please help me … I want to visit that church … thank you very much …

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