St James the Greater Church

St James the Greater Church, Dapitan City

St James the Greater Church

St James the Greater Church
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Jun Ruaya
Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
I visited this church last July 15, the feast of the patron saint of the Dapitanos, St. Michael the Archangel. If the Rizal Shrine is a must during your tour, this old church is very historical and existed before the national hero, therefore your first priority before the Talisay landmark. In front Rizal built a map of Mindanao. Rizal used to attend Mass here since he used to live in an old villa near the church before his house and dormitories were completed. in Talisay.
It also faces the old plaza and old municipio, thus your first landmark upon reaching the poblacion.It has retained its rustic atmosphere and most of the icons date back during the Hispanic colonization of Mindanao.Anywhere you roam around the poblacion the belfy would be your guide.I suggest you first stop here before proceeding to the shrine which had undergone several face lifting that the shrine had lost its original infrastructure. This church was the symbol of the people's blind faith to Catholicism. Because of the existence of the Catholic church, the people opposed then the construction of a school ran by the American missionaries who were protestants. Thus the builders were forced to moved accross the sea the Silliman University to Dumaguete, not in Dapitan as originally planned during the 1900s.Their faith had blinded the pro-Catholic residents and failed to obtained the best English education during that time.
Written 5 November 2019
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Menchu B
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Sites to visit while in Dapitan. Rizal Shrine is very interesting and historical. Free entrance and you can visit the museum and see photos
Written 7 May 2019
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leonil anthony h
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines11 contributions
Family
Old church or vintage look. Clean. It would be great if they add more lighting to the church and it needs a paint job.
Written 31 October 2017
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Corzbest
Philippines141 contributions
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This church is a historical church of faith because of its connections to Rizal exile in Dapitan...ancestral basilica where you can relay your faith along wt history. A very good place to visit.
Written 16 November 2016
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Nhagz
Cebu City, Philippines27 contributions
Solo
I was amazed with the structure outside the church.The cleanliness were maintained. Also it was a pleasure that I was able to see the church where Rizal used to hear mass every sunday during his exiled in Dapitan. I saw the exact location where he always stood
Written 3 November 2016
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sam98141
Quezon City, Philippines6 contributions
Family
old churches actually awakens the interests in me, ganda ng architecture, at ang design..... nung dumating kami may misa so d kami nakapicture sa loob but nice one, so holy a place
Written 10 August 2016
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Tet M
Surigao City, Philippines337 contributions
Family
Saw this historical 1871 church... There is a spot left side where Rizal would hear Masses. The pink ceiling is so different.
Sad but it needs a lot of cleaning and renovations:(
Hope this chirch will be preserved by the town,
Written 29 May 2016
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KrizPRO
Dumaguete City, Philippines562 contributions
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The ceiling would be the eye-catching piece of this religious place. Its a nice time to ask for guidance to the Lord before you explore Dapitan. Not just look at the ceiling.
Written 16 December 2015
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thirdylopez
Makati, Philippines84 contributions
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Nothing special. Just your typical church. It's good for those artsy types who can make an old church look great but there is nothing that makes it a must visit place in Dapitan.
Written 27 September 2015
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Gazelle M
Chicago, IL87 contributions
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It's a church I grew up with. It had stayed the same or maybe has fallen into disrepair. I wish I have a lot of money so this church will at least be cleaned.
Written 13 September 2015
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