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Santuario de las Almas (Tayabas)

Posted by admin on July 27, 2006

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3 Responses to “Santuario de las Almas (Tayabas)”

  1. What is the history of this structure?

  2. Mr.Leo,Idon’t know the history of this church,but I know this is a cemetery chapel.The walls outside this church is thick because it has “nitso”,where the dead are laid.

  3. Paolo Abellanosa said

    I have served this church as organist from when I was grade 6 to 1st year college. Based on the notes that I have heard from Msgr. Zalameda, priest in-charge before replaced by Fr. Ramil, this church was built by the Spaniards in the 18th century as a cemetery chapel. Its former name, according to a 1980 booklet of Tayabas, is San Roque. It is one of the many chapels built by the Spaniards in the outskirts of Bayan during the 17th and 18th century.

    Moreover, Spanish and Filipino elite were buried here. According to my parents, included in the dead was Don Luis Palad, the one who gave his large lot to government for education (thus, Luis Palad National HS and Luis Palad Street).

    San Jose is currently the patron saint of Santuario de las Almas (or literally Chapel of the Souls). The back of the chapel is still unfinished due to financial constrains.

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