Churches marks the faith and the history of a place. They define the deep faith and devotion of the people. The churches in Siquijor are not only there to stand, but they magnify the history for Siquijor. Let us talk about the churches in Siquijor in this article.
San Isidro Labrador
This church is commonly known as Lazi Church. The San Isidro Labrador Parish Church is a Roman Catholic church located in the municipality of Lazi, Siquijor. The church was built in a neoclassical architectural style, a style that was started in the mid-18th century.
St. Francis Of Assisi Parish
Just few meters away from the Siquijor Port, you will pass by St. Francis of Asisi Church. Due to its prominence, it is commonly known as Siquijor Church. The church was founded by priests last February 1, 1783, however, the structure of the church at this time was just made of nipa. On 1795, they started to develop the church and used coral stones as its main material structure. The project was finished last 1831. You will also see a bell tower just few meters away from the church. It was built last 1891 and served as a watch tower because at this time there were intruders threatening the island.
Mount Carmel Church
Mount Carmel Church, on the other hand, is one of those modern churches. It looks new and neat because the church is properly maintained. In front of the church is a park that you can enjoyably tour around due to its beauty.
St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church
This modern looking church is not a recently established church. In fact, it was raised last June 14, 1836 with the advocacy of San Vicente Ferrer. The church is located in Larena, Siquijor, and it’s one of the centuries old churches in Siquijor.
Our Lady of the Divine Providence Parish
Our Lady of the Divine Providence Parish is a Roman Catholic church that is known for its paranormal tales. Some people say that it housed the Black Maria, or St. Rita, with her right hand is a skull she clutches and in her left an inverted crucifix. She is a night walker and her history is shrouded in black magic. However, that remains as a myth. The church was established in 1887.
These churches in Siquijor marked its history and culture. Some were established as a means of protection and some were built for the purpose of faith. Deep inside the hearts of the localities is the desire to worship so these structures were raised.. These churches stand as a lighthouse to the searching souls of Siquijor’s citizens.