Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Duero)

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Tagbilaran East Road
Municipality of Duero, Bohol
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9.708657°N 124.4057°E

Named after a mighty river that traverses northern Spain and Portugal, Duero was created a town in 1862, from barrios of Guindulman and Jagna. It became a separate parish in 1863 under the patronage of Saint Filomena, however, its present patron is Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The Recollects administered the parish until 1898, returning in 1902 and finally leaving in 1937. Construction of the church began under the first Recollect pastor Fr. Lorenzo Hernandez (1863–70) who collected the wood necessary for construction. The church was completed in 1874 and the convent around the same era during the term of Fr. Francisco Castellano (1871–86). The church’s cogon roof was replaced with zinc sheets in the late 19th century. The church and adjoining convent were the only structures saved from destruction when American troops set the town on fire in October 1901.

Designed in the Greek revival style, the Church of Duero is one of the few churches in such style (Anda, Dumaguete, and Malabon designed by Luciano Oliver in 1861 among them). But what sets Duero apart is the generous use of wood. Indeed, it is one of the few surviving “gems of Philippine architecture in wood” (Jose 2001, 50). Although Fray Isidoro Musitu (1891–97) had the mortar covered with cement, the tabique walls enclosed in zinc sheets and the interior embellished, much of the original structure still exists. Originally, the walls were made of double walls of wood planks, with planks set vertically in the inner wall and horizontally in the outer.

The bell tower is a separate structure joined by a bridge to the choir loft. Like the church, it has a lower story of mortar and an upper story of wood and zinc sheets. The 1920s zinc sheets inscribed with “Wolverhampton” are still in place. The interior is a symphony in wood – wooden floors, wooden ceiling originally painted with an artesonado design (coffered ceiling) with alternating rosettes and concentric circles. At the crossing, the ceiling is a shallow cupola with a carved pineapple dangling from its center from where a chandelier hangs. The wooden retablo are in neoclassical style. – wikipedia.org

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Posted: September 2, 2014

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