Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kambal na Simbahan: Parokya ng Loreto

The Holy Name Society (HNS) of Our Lady of Loreto Parish poses in front of the pre-war Altar Mayor of the church with Rev. Fr. Jose Pamintuan as their Chaplain celebrating heir 2nd anniversary. (10th of January, 1937)

This pre-war church of Our Lady of Loreto is the third to be built. The second church was destroyed during the Chinese uprisings in Manila in the Spanish colonial era. 

This church was also known as "simbahang adobe" (adobe church) due to the materials used to construct the church. This church was formerly administrated by the Franciscans (O.F.M.), later transferred to the diocesans in the mid-1930s. 

Unfortunately, everything in this adobe church, except the "imagen venerada" of Our Lady of Loreto, were destroyed during the Battle of Manila, ending the World War II. The image was miraculously saved from the casualties, but nothing was left in the adobe church except a small crypt, believed to be the remains of the good benefactor of the church. 

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