One of the traditional activities of Catholics during Holy Week as they commemorate the suffering Jesus of Nazareth has experienced during the time of the Roman Empire in Jerusalem is "Visita Iglesia" or Visitation of Churches. This happens every Maundy Thursday night where devotees visit seven Churches and pray. Experienced on the eve of the commemoration of the Crucifixion on Good Friday.
However, as the Philippines' largest island, Luzon is on "Enhanced Community Quarantine", or simply put on "lockdown" to avoid transmission of CoViD-19, a global pandemic. It is probably the first time that Catholic Filipinos would not be able to perform the Visita Iglesia. Captured in 360, immerse in the Church as if you are there.
Schadow1 Expeditions has collected a series of its Churches visitation in the province of Pangasinan and made this available to its readers so they can relive Visita Iglesia even during the time of the pandemic.
Click the Pages below and start your Virtual Visita Iglesia
Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church
Location: Calasiao, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 16.00944, 120.35694
A Baroque Church initially built in 1588 by the Dominicans. Now a declared National Cultural Treasure.
Location: San Carlos City, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 15.92555, 120.34722
A Baroque Church initially built in 1773. Made from bricks of ladrillo and is now a National Historical Treasure.
Mary Help of Christians Parish
Location: Basista, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 15.84937, 120.39825
Parish church built at the heart of one of the Southern towns of Pangasinan, Basista and known for its blue-white themed church.
Location: Santa Barbara, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 15.99972, 120.40277
Parish church built in 1716 and is part of the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese is a heritage church of Santa Barbara.
Location: Mapandan, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 16.02555, 120.45388
Parish church known as the blue-marbled Church to which its festivity is celebrated every 19th of March and is one of the church used as a rosary crusade during October.
Location: Manaoag, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 16.04388, 120.48805
One of the major pilgrimage sites located in the country where the Our Lady of Manaoag image is housed since 1617. This is in commemoration of the apparition in 1610.
Location: Bayambang, Pangasinan
Coordinates: 15.81944, 120.44361
The Prayer park is completed in 2019 to which the massive statue of St. Vincent Ferrer is located which was also completed during that year. The status boasts a 50-meter height is the tallest statue of a saint in the Philippines.
More info on the Prayer Park here.
These Visita Iglesia images are from our travels in the province of Pangasinan in 2019. Special thanks to my cousin-in-law, Naty Ballesteros for allowing me to be with them in their pilgrimage.
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