St. Joseph Cathedral – Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Caraga, Philippines


08-21-14 butuan tourist spots 031 (2)Significant events in the history of the church are as follows: The First Easter Mass was held in 1521. A Mission was founded by the Jesuits in 1596. It was blessed as the First church built in Mindanao in 1597. St. Joseph was proclaimed as Titular Patron in 1622 and St. Francis de Sales as Second patron in 1792. The Blessing of the old parish church was done in 1883.  The present church was consecrated in 1954 and was  elevated as a cathedral by Pope Paul VI in 1967. It was appointed as the host church for the Great Jubilee in the year 2000 and  was declared as a dedicated cathedral by Ricardo Cardinal Vidal in 2007.

On May 19, 2009, Rev. Father Siegfred Dosdos read the Decree of the Establishment of St. Joseph Cathedral as a Diocesan Shrine during the Pontifical Fiesta Mass that was approved by His Excellency Juan de Dios Mataflorida Pueblos, Catholic Bishop of Butuan and Parish Priest of the Cathedral.

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Saint Joseph Cathedral is located at Ester Luna St., Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Caraga. For more information, you may contact their office at telephone number +63 85 342-3521.

St. James, the Greater Parish Church/Dapitan Catholic Church, Philippines – Photo Tour : Tourism – Week 03, Day 08

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I was mesmerized by the ceiling of this church. It’s a dizzying sight just by looking up and taking photos of it. I could say that the ceiling is very different from all the other churches in the Philippines. Jose Rizal used to attend mass here every Sundays during his exile. Some words of caution: Don’t look up too long and you’ll end up sitting on the bench due to spinning surroundings.

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While looking for the right spot to get the facade at the center of my photo, I was told to keep off the grass, it’s off limits.


God’s Trial

San Juan de Sahagun Parish Church or Tigbauan Catholic Church, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

San Juan de Sahagun Parish Church or Tigbauan Catholic Church,
Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

when drops of liquid leaked out of my lamenting sobs
coming from the deepest echoes of my  suffering soul
i’m drowning in the river of my own weep
going blindly against the  flow like a black sheep
fighting it out and conquered what i feel
the world on my back too heavy my ordeal
aching bones loaded eating all the gained fame  
overweight bundles are too much but given the same
i dug up my faith to reach the far and thorny finish line
my skin bursting, knees were trembling i didn’t mind
i dropped on the ground where my sweat and blood meet
the nearer i got, my strength i have to compete
a stone’s throw, strength depleted i’m not in vain
several times the ground kissed my knees in pain
little of my psyche remained but never retreated
   as i won God’s trial my faith remained undefeated