[Badoc] ► Church of La Virgen Milagrosa: Black Belfry, White Façade

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"Looking at the façade, there is always a sudden gush of instinct that the façade is only superficial and that the real worth of the church is seen within and in between the walls."

I was on a part where the road is about to curve to an angle where I can see the glaring white façade of a historical structure called the Badoc Church in the province of Ilocos Norte. It is a church made up of bricks and stones. The interesting feature here that caught my attention is the physical appearance and I believe you know what I mean.

Badoc Church
La Virgen Milagrosa
La Virgen Milagrosa
The blackish belfry and the church aren't from different generations. They are the same with the age.

The only difference is that the age gap seems to widen because of the contrasting color.

Badoc church is the home of La Virgen Milagrosa which was seen floating at the shore of Dadalaquiten in Sinait (near the Badoc-Sinait boundary).

So why it was floating? History tells us that the image (together with the Black Nazarene in Sinait)  was sent floating in the sea by missionaries operating in secret in Japan (for fear of persecution during the Tokugawa Regime).

Badoc Church
Badoc Church Before entering the church premises, there is an arch which looks very old, and seeing it closely, it is about to give up because of oldness. There was a crack showing me that anytime, this arch made of bricks can fall anytime and that the crack has served as a good warning.

Looking at the façade, there is always a sudden gush of instinct that the façade is only superficial and that the real worth of the church is seen within and in between the walls.

Badoc Church
I tried to see the east side of the church and what I saw was just pleasing before my eyes!

It was a very classic elegance that made me feel so in love with old structures. I must say, that sudden gush of instinct that I felt while seeing the church's façade can not be easily overriden by paintings or any superficial designs.

Badoc Church

Badoc Church
 I stayed here and enjoyed Badoc Church in 30 minutes. It was a 30-minute full of ideas and thoughts clinging in my brain and seeing an old stucture that truly makes as proud. /end

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comment 8 #TownFolks Commented :

^_^ wReY and R0bbY on June 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM said...

Wow to your photos as always Edmar! ^_^

Ganda ng church! Did you try going inside? ;)

Doc Wends on June 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM said...

I wanna come here soonest! Thanks for sharing this post!

Edmaration etc on June 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM said...

wrey... yup, I went inside but I did not post the photo kasi feel ko pangit yung kuha hehe.

Edmaration etc on June 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM said...

Doc Wends! Punta na soon! :)
Hindi touristy ang lugar na 'to on which I love, silent and walang tao masyado, peaceful lang..

Ding | The Pinoy Explorer on June 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM said...

I wish they did not use cement on the facade...maganda sya, perso sana, pati na yung belfry. hehe.

Edmaration etc on June 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM said...

Haha.. parang dun sa daraga church sa ALbay, ganito rin hehe.

Bound for Two on June 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM said...

The arch should be reinforced before someone get hurt. I love old churches, this place is worth to visit.

Edmaration etc on June 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM said...

@Bound for Two: Indeed.

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