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One of the oldest churches in the country

I'm not religious but our family loves historical landmarks so we visited this old church and... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
johnsmarky
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Manila, Philippines
400 yrs Church

The church is in the heart of the town. There are no signages to guide the tourist. The church... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
odessa19
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Bolinao Sanitary Landfill Access Road | Pangasinan, Bolinao, Luzon 2406, Philippines
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I'm not religious but our family loves historical landmarks so we visited this old church and learned that the first mass was done in Bolinao in the 14th century making Bolinao the first Christianized place in the entire country. We thought it was Cebu but...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Right at the heart of the town proper lies this beautiful church. It is near the wet and dry market, Sangguniang Bayan office, bus terminal, eateries and merchandise stores. Natives of Bolinao also sell “binungey.” It is a popular rice delicacy made from sticky rice...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The church is in the heart of the town. There are no signages to guide the tourist. The church really show its age the way it looks. It is just sad that it seems there is no initiatives from their local government to maintain or...More

1  Thank odessa19
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Probably the first attraction you will see after a long drive going to Bolinao. It's a good place to stop and take a moment to pray and give thanks for a safe trip you have had. After visiting the church, you may look for the...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I'm quite surprised to learn that the first mass in the Philippines was held in this place (if written history is right). The church was restored but still has the original wall stones of limestones. Interiors is simple and with nice ceiling paintings.

1  Thank TeyHM888
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Nice old church in Bolinao In 1324 at Santiago Island part of Bolinao Father Oderico said the first known mass in the Philippines after being ship wrecked there before going to China The Philippine history books should change to show this

Thank sirkarlmac
Reviewed 19 September 2016

love this church.i missed this place so much.everytime i want a peaceful place this is theplace i wanted to go :)

1  Thank Gladis S
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Historical and Solemn place first before going around Bolinao. St. James the Great Parish is just Located at the heart of the town and very near the bus stations so before roaming to attractions it is better to pay first a visit and say a...More

Thank Paujoyce
Reviewed 31 May 2016

a good place to visit. the church stand tall for its history. around the church you can buy souvenirs which the profits are used for their feeding program for the community. giving thanks after the long safe travel from and back to Manila a must...More

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