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Santa Maria Magdalena Parish Church (Magdalena, Laguna)

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The Santa Maria Magdalena Parish Church (also Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church) is a Roman Catholic church in Magdalena, Laguna, Philippines under the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo.

Church in Laguna, Philippines
Magdalena Church
Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church

Façade of Magdalena Church

Magdalena Church
Republic of the Philippines

14°11′56″N121°25′45″E

Location Magdalena, Laguna
Country Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Status Parish church
Dedication St. Mary Magdalene
Architecture
Functional status Active
Architectural type Church building
Style Baroque
Groundbreaking 1829
Completed 1855
Specifications
Materials Adobe and sand
Administration
Archdiocese Manila
Diocese San Pablo
Province Manila
Clergy
Archbishop Most Rev. Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula Jr.
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Buenaventura M. Famadico
Priest(s) Rev. Fr. Ricardo Pajutan

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Magdalena was formerly known as Ambling, a barrio of Majayjay until it was elevated as a town in 1821.[1][2] The first church, made of cogon and wood was constructed in 1820 and was dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Father Antonio Moreno, OFM was appointed at its first parish priest in 1821.[2] A permission to build a stone church was ordered by Captain Pablo de la Concepción in 1829.[1] To obtain funds for the church, the people were forced to pay taxes and quarry sand and stones from the river. The construction of the church building was halted in 1839, continued in 1849 and finished in 1855 under the direction of Father Maximo Rico, Father Jose Cuesta, Father Joaquin de Coria and Father Francisco de Paula Gonzalez.[1][3] Construction of the belltower was finished in 1861.[1]

In its convent, Filipino revolutionary leader General Emilio Jacinto sought refuge and his blood stains could be found.[4][5]

The Baroque church is elevated by a flight of steps facing a plaza.[1] It is mainly made out of sandstone.[6] To its left is a four story octagonal belltower with a square base.[1]

  1. “Bells of St. Francis”. OFM Philippines Archives. Order of Friar Minors in the Philippines. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. Huerta 1865, p. 170
  3. Huerta 1865, p. 171
  4. “Magdalena Church (Magdalena, Laguna)”. Philippine Heritage: Online Database of Built Heritage Resources of the Philippines. Heritage Conservation Society. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. Chua, Xiao. “Emilio Jacinto, Ang Tunay na Utak ng Himagsikan”. It’s Xiao Time!. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  6. Castillo, Alexandra (8 April 2014). “7 Churches, 1 Day: Explore Laguna, Visita Iglesia 2014”. Retrieved 1 December 2014.

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