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Kalibo Cathedral

Posted by admin on January 13, 2008

In 1581, the Augustinians established a mission in Kalibo. In 1680, the Kalibo was erected a parish under the advocacy of the San Juan Bautista Then, the town site was at Barrio Laguinbanwa in Numancia, some two kilometers distant from the present site of Kalibo.

Here at Laguinbanwa, a church was erected but when town transferred site to its present location, another church was constructed at the new site (1804). Both church and convento were completed completed in 1826. But tragedy struck the complex when on 24 May 1885 however, a big fire razed the town including the convento. The convento was reconstructed the following year (1886).

After the World War II, in 1947, Gabriel M. Reyes, Archbishop of Cebu and later Manila, personally took a hand reconstructing and remodeling the church. The church “On 14 June 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.1 in the Richter Scale hit Panay Island at 3:41 P.M., “The epicenter was located at 11.34 North latitude; 122.10 East longitude, in the vicinity of Culasi, Antique. The depth was computed to be 15 kilometers,” reported Philvocs. Damage to property included “The Catholic Church of Kalibo that is made of bricks (which) suffered cracks on its walls.” During the incumbency as bishop of Gabriel V. Reyes, a nephew of the former archbishop of Manila restored and improved the church to accommodate the many pilgrims who come to celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño.

The church of Kalibo is of modern construction but retains some of the lines characteristic of the post war church, which in turn alludes to earlier church styles. The center of attention in this church is the image of the Santo Niño, in whose honor the annual Ati-atihan is celebrated. (Panublion)

9 Responses to “Kalibo Cathedral”

  1. Cheryl Joy said

    Thanks for the wonderful information

  2. vince said

    the shot would have been nice if there was no wires. hehe. the side of the church is also nice.and the inside of it is nice too but now the wood is getting eaten away by termites.i think it needs a renovation.

  3. i wish i cud meet him(my love one) and eventuallt get married there..
    if he allows me. to marry him..hehehehe

  4. Sydney said

    Wish I’ll have my wedding ceremonies there soon…

  5. Bong Reyes said

    It is wonderful to see my parish church in the internet. It is a great church and I am happy to be part of it. I have been a Choir member and very active member of this parish for more than 20 years.

  6. Maildrop said

    Virtual office…

    Kalibo Cathedral « Heritage Conservation Society…

  7. Ian-Erl said

    Thanks to my parish because without cathedral I never be knights of the altar

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