C is for Cathedral / A Church of Catholic Denomination
The Naga Metropolitan Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Caceres, province of Camarines Sur
The structure is in Romanesque Baroque style and is made up mostly of coral stones and bricks. Old as it is, it’s also a favorite destination of tourists who visit the city. Though the building may seem forlorn, it is often filled with people. So much so that during Sunday mass, a lot of people would have to endure the entire service while standing up as the seats are already full. Faithful church-goers extend even until outside the church, sitting on the grass or near the doors – as long as they’re able to hear what the priest is saying.
In 1768, the cathedral was destroyed in a fire. In 1808-1843, it was reconstructed to its current Spanish-Romanesque style. October 1856, it was damaged in a typhoon to be restored again in 1862-1879. An earthquake in 1887 has once again ruined the structure and it was once again repaired in 1890. April 1987, the cathedral was renovated. I am not very religious though my family is and I was raised as such. But I was taught in school that “Church” is a word that actually pertains to Community and not the building itself. I like that idea. I chose this particular subject for my tagged C entry because for me, the church and how it’s faring today symbolizes resilience and courage amidst adversity.