Museo de San Francisco de Malabon, Porziuncola-Inspired Adoration Chapel And The Historical Acacia Tree

P8291959t Much like most old churches here in Cavite and nearby towns, St Francis of Assisi Parish church in General Trias Cavite is also connected to a convent. This convent no longer function as a convent but now houses Museo de San Francisco de Malabon. I’m not sure if this is an ecclesiastical museum that houses religious items in relation with their patron saint or a historical museum since this church has a huge historical significance.
P8291960tThe museum was closed since we arrived there around 5pm but you can have an access to the ground floor where you can find an image gallery of Saint Francis of Assisi. To give you an interesting trivia, this is where the Banda Matanda, a local marching band practiced the Marcha Filipina, the music of the Philippine national anthem, before they performed the march during the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.
P8291963tMuch like what we have seen in Sta Cruz Convent Museum in Tanza, the brick walls can tell you how old the establishment is. It’s so nice that they were able to maintain them.ZZZZXsddImages framed on walls depicting the life of Saint Francis of AssisiP8291964tAn image depicting Saint Francis as he attempt to arrange the first ever Christmas Live nativity scene. Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 (a “living” one) intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Christ, having been inspired by his recent visit to the Holy Land where he had been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar pantomimes.P8291978tHere’s the old stairway prompting you to the second floorP8291974tThe gate is close but you can have a quick glimpse of their lobby area. There’s a huge portrait depicting Saint Francis and Mary, Our Lady Queen of the AngelsP8291975tThe stairway to the second floor. This is the farthest image I can take.P8291968tSaint Francis is known not just as an animal lover but also a nature lover so I guess, it is very much appropriate to see such landscape around the area. AASWDFCCA statue showing Saint Francis and his love for animals.P8291971tLocated outside is an adoration chapel. I later learned that the chapel is inspired from Porziuncola ,a small church located within the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Italy. Much like the real chapel, it has a decorative facade with the same painting inspired from the real one made by Johann Friedrich Overbeck depicting St Francis receiving from the Christ and the Virgin the indulgence, known as the “Pardon of Assisi”.P8291972tThe entrance to the adoration chapel
P8291973tI was overwhelmed to see their blessed sacrament. What a work of art indeed!P8291981tIn front of the church, you’ll find a small building that is almost identical to building that houses the Magellan’s Cross in Cebu.P8291986tInside the building is an impressive wood carving showing Saint Francis. The history behind this Acacia tree is much more interesting. This is actually carved from a century old Acacia tree that once stood beside the church but it fell in 2006 during Typhoon Milenyo’s onslaught. Instead of completing abolishing the tree, locals decided to carved this statue as this tree played an important part in town’s colorful and rich history. (by the way, the cat is not included haha)P8291987tBeside it is a poem made by Fr. Virgilio Saenz Mendoza entitled “Punong Acacia, Isang Alamat” which tells the rick history that this Acacia tree have witnessed!

One thought on “Museo de San Francisco de Malabon, Porziuncola-Inspired Adoration Chapel And The Historical Acacia Tree

  • February 8, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I love looking at old historical places and buildings. I love the silent stories they tell.


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