441-year old church declared ‘cultural property’

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MANILA, Sept. 2, 2013— The oldest and biggest parish church in Pampanga has been declared as an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum recently. 

The event was highlighted with the awarding of a certificate to local government and church officials declaring the 441-year old St. Augustine Parish Church as ICP. 

Carmencita de los Mariano, National Museum Cultural Heritage Preservation Section head, said the church was made an ICP for its ‘significant’ architectural designs. 

“The church qualified for the distinction because of its significant architectural designs and its simple and solemn retablo,” Mariano said. 

Built in 1572 by Augustinian friars, out of indigenous wood, bamboos, and thatched nipa, the church was originally located in Barangay Sta. Catalina. 

Due to yearly floods that swept the village, however, it was transferred to its present site near Lubao’s municipal hall in 1602.

Fr. Antonio Herrera, also an Augustinian priest and architect, led the construction of the church from 1614 to 1630 out of locally made bricks and sand mixed in egg albumen. (CBCPNews)

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