Bakasyon Bits 42: MALOLOS CATHEDRAL

July 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Posted in BIRTHDAYS, EVENTS CELEBRATED, IMPORTANT PEOPLE | Leave a comment
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

On this day, I become 3 years old. And before starting this big day of mine, my parents brought me to Malolos Cathedral to thank the Lord for all the blessings that come to us.

Malolos Cathedral, also known as the Basilica Minore dela Nuestra Señora de Inmaculada Concepcion (in Spanish) or Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (in English), is the eccelesiastical seat of the Diocese of Malolos in the Philippines.

This church played a very important role in Philippine history.  At noon on September 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo and his men arrived at Malolos. Until 29 March 1898, General Aguinaldo used the Malolos convent as the presidential palace (Palacio Presidential) of the First Philippine Republic Tragically, he had to flee from the Americans and he ordered General Antonio Luna to set the church and convent on fire. This ‘scorched-earth policy’ was intended to make everything in Malolos useless should it fall to American hands.

The Kalayaan Tree (Siar) is located in the patio of the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in the historic city of Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. It was planted by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo during a lull in the Malolos Convention. Aguinaldo is said to have conducted many political discussions here. Under the tree is a monument that symbolizes the meeting of Filipino revolutionaries.(wikipedia)

During my parents’ high school years, they used this tree as a meeting place 🙂

A small prayer room inside the church.

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