We had our own itinerary and we decided to enter Batangas through Sto Tomas and will exit at Nasugbu since we are also hoping to visit the famous Calaruega yet it didn’t happen because we run out of time. The first church on our list is the St Thomas Aquinas Parish. I didn’t get much details about the church’s history but based on the general structure, this church is seemingly new compare to other churches in Batangas. As you enter the church’s premise you will be welcomed by this huge pond that also holds a huge bell.
Interestingly, this is an old cracked bell of the church which is probably casted on 1894 as written/engraved on the bell itself. This made me realized that St Thomas Aquinas Parish is indeed an old church and probably underwent extensive renovation. The church’s nave and main altar.
A very detailed retablo Beside the church and underneath the bell tower lies an adoration chapel.
You’ll also notice different statues outside depicting different images of saints. Statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz , the first Filipino saint
Statue of San Pedro Calungson, another Filipino Saint. Saint Francis of Asisi.
Votive Candle rack. The candles come in many colors and each for different petition. Red candles for example is for Love ( I took a bunch of them LOL.. just kidding) The prayer for the lighting of the candle
Outside the church, you’ll also notice a marker which is built to pay tribute to the 15 missionary sisters who were killed during the heavy artillery barrage in Sto Tomas (during World War 2) The name of the fifteen missionary sisters. As you can see most of the missionaries are from Germany and only one of them is a Filipina.
I personally like the facade of the church. It has a very unique design and I love the image of the Holy Spirit on top.
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