Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published December 7th 2012
Introducing you to the religious heritage in the Philippines
To complete an adventure in Bohol, The Philippines means to visit one of the oldest churches in the country – Baclayon Church.
Did you know that 85% of The Philippines is Catholic? Going all the way back to the Spanish occupation from 1521, over the centuries Christianity has grown and bloomed here. There are numerous churches old and new all over the country, some more grandeur than others, and some so humble and pure they bring tears to your eyes.
Even if you're not Catholic or see yourself as a religious person, visiting one of the churches in this country is really a memorable experience. Witnessing centuries old traditions including the display of saints, the acts of the widows and even mass is different in The Philippines.
Among one of the tourist stops in a usual tour of Bohol, a trip to Baclayon introduces tourists to the rich religious history that exists here in this country. It not only shaped peoples beliefs but how they lived, founding class systems and government in numerous areas. Next to the church is a convent and museum. Outside is a wide candle stand where you can purchase candles to pray for certain areas in your life.
Candles - I lit pink and green to pray for Health, Marriage and Money (what any newly weds would probably pray for)
It's a beautiful church with a collection of old gold embroidered ecclesiastical vestments, books with carabao skin covers, and librettos of church music written in Latin on sheep skins, large murals on the ceilings and paintings by old masters, and so much more.
Baclayon Church is free to enter and is a few minutes' drive from Tagbiliran (the capital city) of Bohol.
There's a small store inside selling rosaries and other christian pieces