The Spanish conquerors brought Catholicism to the Philippines in 1521. One of the proofs of this influence was the church.
Century-old churches hold so much mystery on how they were built and withstood the test of time. In my recent trip to Paracale, Camarines Norte, I came to see the 400 year-old Our Lady of Candelaria Parish Church. The church was one of the first three churches in Camarines Norte. Historians told that this church was built in 1611 under Fray Jose de la Torre (source: daetdiocese.net).
The facade of the church gave me an impression on how it withstood calamities. The main door of the church was closed but I tried to enter through the back door. It was a right choice to do so.
The ceiling may have been renovated but the walls were not. The stain glass perfectly matched the coral stone walls decorated by moss. It was a natural decoration. Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism head Atty. Debbee Francisco said that even if the parishioners tried cleaning the walls, they could not remove the mosses.
But it was perfect. The mosses added character to the quadricentennial-old church of Candelaria.
After your beach-bumming experience in Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas, visit this church as well and say a little prayer of thanks for a safe and memorable journey.