This is the San Guillermo Parish Church of Bacolor, Pampanga also known as Bacolor Church. It was built in 1576 by Augustinian Friars on a lot given by Don Guillermo Manabat, a rich local landlord believed to be the founder of Bacolor. The original structure was destroyed by an earthquake in 1880 and was rebuilt on 1886 and boast of having a main retablo, side retablos and pulpit that are heavily gilded with gold leaves and the rich decorations depict an advanced Baroque style.
Considered as one of the the oldest and biggest churches in the country, San Guillermo Church was a tourist destination even before the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June 1991. Despite the terrible eruption the Church didn't obtain any damage. However, on October 1, 1995 due to heavy rains brought by Typhoon Mameng, volcanic mud flow or lahar from the slopes of the volcano devoured almost the whole town of Bacolor and buried half of the church's 12 meter altitude.
|the former choir loft window that is now used as the church's main door.|
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The townsmen painstakingly excavated, salvaged and recovered the Church's religious and historical items including the main retablo which they relocated under the Church dome in order for it to fit in vertically.
|A former stained glass window|
Inside the Belfry
But perhaps the most noted reason why this Church's popularity skyrocketed this decade is because it served as the location shoot for a series of ABS-CBN called May Bukas Pa. A high rating drama/religious series revolving around a life of a boy protagonist named Santino and his relationship with Jesus Christ popularly known as Bro.
|me and my travel buddies|
|"Rex Regum et Dominus Dominorum"|