My most recent work has brought me to every rural health units (RHUs) in Batangas, and most of those RHUs are found inside the municipal hall compound and most of them are located in the town proper. In every town proper, there is a parish church near the municipal hall. I was able to take photos of some of these churches in Batangas. Batangas has now become famous pilgrimage and many pilgrims are coming to the province.
Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Taal
Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours was established in 1572 by the Augustinians in Taal, Batangas. The Basilica is under the Archdiocese of Lipa. It is the largest church in the Philippines and in Asia. It is one of the most magnificent churches I’ve ever seen due to its intricate architecture design and its size.
Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay, Taal
The church was built in 1639 by Fr. Alonso Rodriguez in Barrio Caysasay, Taal. It was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Don’t fooled by its simple facade, because it’s altar is as gorgeous as other churches I have seen.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Sta. Teresita
Established in 1943 that was once a part of Taal, but now is the municipality of Sta. Teresita. The church was dedicated to St. Therese of the Child Jesus. The church looks more of modern style.
Invencion de la Sta. Cruz Church, Alitagtag
The Alitagtag Parish Church was relatively new as it was only rebuilt in 2009 as the old church’s foundation was already weak. The newly built church looks grand and it doesn’t look like it was just built in the late 2000’s.
San Roque Parish Church, Lemery
The church was established in 1866 after Lemery became independent from Taal. The church has a low roofing unlike the conventional churches with very high roof and ceiling.
Sto. Niño Chapel, Monte Maria, Batangas City
Sto. Niño is a separate chapel from Monte Maria where special masses are held. It has a nice altar with fabulous design and a solemn place to pray.
Monte Maria, Batangas City
Monte Maria is an International Pilgrimage Center in Batangas City situated on top of a hill. The chapel is located at the base of the statue of Monte Maria. The statue is currently under construction, but you can still visit the site, except for the other levels of Monte Maria.
Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Batangas City
The minor basilica of Batangas City was established as an independent parish in 1614 and the basilica was opened in 1857. The basilica used a grayscale murals for its ceiling which is unusual for basilica or churches that has murals.
Most Holy Rosary Parish Church, Padre Garcia
I don’t know it’s history and I wasn’t able to come inside the church because it was closed when I visited.
St. Francis of Paola Parish Church, Mabini
I don’t have an idea about the history of the church of Mabini and I wasn’t able to come inside because it was closed.
Immaculate Conception Parish, Mataasnakahoy
It is a small parish located in Mataasnakahoy, Batangas.
St. James the Greater Parish Church, Ibaan
Ibaan Parish was established in 1853 by Fr. Manuel Grijalbo and was finished in 1854. The parish has a huge facade and structure for the entire church. They have put colored mural on the walls of the altar.
Most Holy Trinity Church (Simbahan ng Santissima Trinidad), Batangas City
Established in 2007 just beside SM City Batangas. It is the youngest of the six parishes born out of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Batangas City. It has mix of modern architecture and its altar features a large painting of the Holy Trinity together with the Holy Family in contradictory to traditional churches where the crucifix is the center of worship.