The Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral is one of the tourist spots in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It’s located across Plaza Cuartel and is always part of the city tour.
Known as the grandest catholic church in Puerto Princesa City, this church has a lot of history.
When Spain ruled over the Philippines in 1521, they controlled our people through Catholicism. We continued to practice the Roman Catholic religion up to this day even after we gained independence.
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral started as a small church building back in 1872. It was actually built a year before the Spaniards proclaimed the Lady Immaculate Concepcion of Mary as the Patroness of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Under Bishop Gregorio Espiga, the church was transformed/reconstructed to a cathedral. In spite of the renovation, the cathedral’s monument was preserved. They also followed the architectural design of the church.
We went there on a sunday, mass was going on so I wasn’t able to really tour around the cathedral. I said a lil prayer and took some pictures quickly before we took off for our next destination.
One thing that really stood out for me was the design of Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. Blue and white is its color combination. Its design is angular considering the pointed arches both inside and outside the church.
I was lucky enough to have visited Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral especially after knowing so much history about the place. I may not be a catholic but I respect the religion that most of our countrymen are practicing.
I end this post by sharing with you what Immaculate Concepcion means (got from Wikipedia):
The Immaculate Conception of Mary is the conception (the being conceived) of the Virgin Mary without, according to the Roman Catholic Church, any stain (in Latin, macula or labes, the second of these two synonymous words being the one used in the formal definition) of original sin. It is one of the four dogmata in Roman Catholic Mariology. Under this aspect Mary is sometimes called the Immaculata (the Immaculate One), particularly in artistic contexts.
The Feast of Immaculate Concepcion is being celebrated annually in Palawan from November 29 to December 8. If you happen to be in Palawan that time, you will be able to see the parade and cultural presentations that are prepared by the different barangays in Puerto Princesa.
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Rizal Avenue, Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines