Saint James the Great Parish Church

Saint James the Great Parish Church

Saint James the Great Parish Church
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Dirk M
Bushkill, PA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This monumental church dates back to 1609 and was built in Spanish style by the Spanish colonizers of the Philippines. The painted ceilings are particularly beautiful.

The church and grounds are undergoing restorations/renovations.
Written February 22, 2023
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iamkyleacia
Caloocan, Philippines9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Church has the majestic view on the ceiling. Instagram worthy as to the facade. Accessible to the market when you want to buy something for yourselves or for pasalubong. A place where you can pray and meditate
Written June 1, 2022
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Noelle O
Cavite City, Philippines1,421 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
I was looking for souvenir shirts and they piinted me to the church. They have a stall beside the church selling souvenir tshirts. I got some to bring home and took a pic of the church.
Written April 25, 2022
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Vera Bajado
Dasmarinas City, Philippines19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I love the interior of the church very much. The murals at the ceiling are very breathtaking! It’s actually one of the oldest churches in the country and where the first mass was held. The place is well maintained, and it is in the center of the Bolinao People’s Market and city transport terminals.
Written February 15, 2021
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TeamRyCe Road3ps
Quezon City, Philippines163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Visited: 03.16.2012(but not in the option) via commuter bus.

Whenever we go on an out of town trips we make sure we visit a church first before enjoying our tour for a safer and more relaxed feeling. It's part of our family's legacy. So whenever I look for a place to explore anew, I make sure to look out for the nearest church or parish on our desired tourist spot to visit.
In Bolinao, Pangasinan there is one famous and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines that was built 408 years ago. The St. James The Great Parish located in Don Alonzo Ponce, Bolinao, Pangasinan.

St. James The Great Parish, 1609

The church was located almost in front of Bolinao's Townhall and near the marketplace.

It's just sad that we weren't able to attend the mass the time we're in Bolinao as it was an early afternoon when we get there, so no mass for us. So we just pray for a while and ask for safety for our travel.

The rustic look of this church is so inviting and makes me love our countries colorful history even better. It just feels so amazing that the people from 400 years ago were able to build a structure as sturdy as this one. #WowPhilippines

A golden aged legacy it is.
Written November 4, 2019
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johnsmarky
Manila, Philippines9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
I'm not religious but our family loves historical landmarks so we visited this old church and learned that the first mass was done in Bolinao in the 14th century making Bolinao the first Christianized place in the entire country. We thought it was Cebu but I guess it's Bolinao. The church has undergone some renovations due to earthquake and typhoon damage through the years but still retains the old stone building foundation and walls. Great place to get their native sticky rice in bamboo right outside the church.
Written October 23, 2017
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77Raine27
Cavite Province, Philippines351 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Right at the heart of the town proper lies this beautiful church. It is near the wet and dry market, Sangguniang Bayan office, bus terminal, eateries and merchandise stores. Natives of Bolinao also sell “binungey.” It is a popular rice delicacy made from sticky rice cooked with coconut milk inside a bamboo.
Written June 2, 2017
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odessa19
bulacan..40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
The church is in the heart of the town. There are no signages to guide the tourist. The church really show its age the way it looks. It is just sad that it seems there is no initiatives from their local government to maintain or develop the church.
Written May 23, 2017
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Mommy_J23
Mandaluyong, Philippines56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Probably the first attraction you will see after a long drive going to Bolinao. It's a good place to stop and take a moment to pray and give thanks for a safe trip you have had. After visiting the church, you may look for the stall just outside the church when you can buy their delicacy, the Binungey. If you feel like grabbing a snack, you may try going to Adoras Restaurant- they are known for their lomi. For a heavy meal, there are other much recommended restaurants to go to.
Written March 14, 2017
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TeyHM888
QUEZON CITY468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
I'm quite surprised to learn that the first mass in the Philippines was held in this place (if written history is right). The church was restored but still has the original wall stones of limestones. Interiors is simple and with nice ceiling paintings.
Written March 7, 2017
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