The Jesuits established a mission in Caraga in 1876. The present church was built under Fr. Pablo Pastells, SJ in the 1890s. Pastells was responsible for establishing many missions stations and parishes along the Davao Oriental Coast.
He is known for his correspondence with Jose Rizal, whom he had met as a student at the Ateneo. Rizal’s and Pastell’s extensive correspondence have been preserved. Fr. Pastells returned to Spain where he spent his later years writing a multi-volume work on the Jesuit missions in Mindanao in the 19th century.
I am from Caraga, Davao Oriental. I am so proud of my roots so as the heritage that i grown up with. I love this church very much. Parishioners do not wish to change it in order to retain its so-called ‘spanish touch.’ But i do not agree with this. The church looks so worn-out. It should have been repainted at least to make it appear clean and presentable.
The caraganians celebrated its 100 yrs(sentennial) of this
church in 1996 and I’m so proud to be part of its history.My
Dad was from caraga and going back in early 70’s as I recall,we as a family,attended church masses.The inside part of the church is really sturdy,they used “NARA” woods/lumber and its really well built church.Just needed some outside paints and some cosmetic work done.Its really a historic church and would recommend to visit this.
Regarding the idea of conditioning and old church, I suggest to you to take a loot to the church built by the Dominicans soon later 1859 in the south of Taiwan, and few years ago restored by the government. This is the link: http://www.takaoclub.com/bankim/road_to_bankimcheng.htm
hi there people! i really need help. is there anyone who can help me to inquire about the marriage certificate of my great grand parents. as far as i know they got married at the caraga church wayback 1920. pls… paki post reply if it is possible that i can still get that document. if they still have files on that… i will really go to caraga. pls…kung sino man mapunta sa church paki inquire. post ur reply here. thanks….
im from caraga,,
im so proud of dis place,,
cozz our teacher in history,, really wants to go there to witness
the place,,and most especially he wants to see the historical church of caraga, ,, and he is making reasearch about the said place…,,
He always talk about CARAGA in our class,, hehehe…