I finally got the chance to post the pilgrimage tour that we had four months ago. I was fortunate enough to see the invitation of San Isidro Labrador Parish of Naic Cavite in their Facebook page. The parish were inviting their people to join them in their annual pilgrimage tour in observance of Holy week. This year, they decided to hit Zambales and visit some of the town’s notable churches. First in our list is the three century old Cathedral in Iba, Zambales dedicated to Saint Augustine.It was a very long travel from Cavite but it’s all worth it. The Cathedral of Saint Augustine or simply known as the Iba Cathedral is a church built in 1700s by the Recollects.
The Cathedral is just located adjacent to the Provincial Capitol Building and the current bishop of the diocese is Most Reverend Florentino G. LavariasArchitecture wise, the Cathedral of Iba has merely 17th Century style on it. The building is said to be made mostly from coral and limestone. The facade notably has a series of engaged columns on it and on the right sight lies the 5-story bell tower. The life-sized statue of the church’s patron saint, Saint Augustine. The 5 storey octagonal bell tower. The wooden door with remarkable carvings depicting different events from the bible. The Church’s naveA closer look at the main altarThe altar or retablo has three niches which includes the Crucifix in the middle, the image of Ina Poon Bato (Patroness of Zambales) on the left and the image of Saint Augustine on the rightThe buttresses On the left side of the church lies a separate Adoration ChapelThe Altar of the Blessed SacramentA baptismal font with metalic cover with intricate carving details Located on the corner of the church lies a small room that is filled with antique images of Christ, Mary and other Saints.Crucifix