facade of the old Metropolitan Cathedral of Dagupan
We passed by an alley and Mica pointed to the group the remnants of one of the known revolving restaurants in the Philippines which existed in the 1980s.  We were in the market place of Dagupan City situated at Zamora Street.  A busy and crowded one joined by jeepneys as well. 

a view of the once revolving restaurant of Dagupan and the current market place
Adjacent to the market is the old cathedral of Dagupan – Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista.  Fortunately, the caretaker passed by as we get near the door of the church and so we requested to enter.  

the main altar

It seemed like a secret haven as soon as the door was opened and we entered into a different dimension of a tranquil world in complete contrast with the outside scenario. 

The church stands witness to the rich cultural heritage and history of our country. This old church in Zamora Street was destroyed by a killer earthquake on the 16th of July 1990 and has since been renovated.  Known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Dagupan City, it is the Episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines.

The bricked walls and the Stations of the Cross images that surround the church complemented with antique woods and elegant chandeliers composed the grandeur of the said church.  After the mandatory photo session, we exited on another street – Burgos Street- and were greeted by another church.

“Are they that religious to maintain two churches?”  I said to myself.  After a few readings and posed queries, and so I’ve learned that on the 27th of December 2010, the Philippine Papal nuncio led the historic transfer of the Lingayen-Dagupan Metropolitan Cathedral from Zamora Street to nearby Burgos Street. Thus, regular masses are currently held on the newly built church at Burgos Street, though special occasions demand the holding of an event at the old church.

facade of the modern cathedral

But whatever their reasons are for maintaining two churches, the fact remains that the people of Dagupan undoubtedly professes a deep faith and devotion to the Roman Catholic Church.

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