ST. AUGUSTINE of Hippo Church in BACONG: Keeping the PIPE ORGAN from Zaragoza, Spain.  


I captured the last mist forming on the window glass of the car, slowly rolling down as the rain had just started being friendly while giving a special moment to the skies and the sun as his best friend, gathering their strength to give us a beautiful weather as we made our way to the Historic town of Bacong, Negros Oriental.

St. Augustine of Hippo Church

What made us visiting this town is to see the Church of St. Augustine of Hippo Church and the pipe organ. Upon getting in, we were greeted by the well grown trees with their huge trunks while spreading their bough in a different direction as the leaf sways whenever the winds blows. It provides shade and just seeming to be so attractive.

The Bell Tower of St. Augustine of Hippo Church

The municipality of Bacong is a small coastal town located near Dumaguete City with an estimated 10-15 minutes ride and only 8.5 kilometers away from Dumaguete City and noted as the smallest municipality in the entire Province of Negros Oriental. Bacong was founded in 1801 and a birthplace of General Pantaleon Villegas known to be a hero of Negros Oriental and only Katipunero. His birthday is being celebrated every July 27, and appeared to be a known celebration as “Leon Kilat Celebration” to mark his bravery during the “Battle of Tres De Abril”.  Where he was labelled as a Hero because of what he fight for.

The Municipal Hall of Bacong, Negros Oriental

St. Augustine of Hippo Church

was beautifully constructed near the sea. It was built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1865. The church’s main attraction is the altar and the pipe organ, which is originated from Zaragoza, Spain and was set up in 1894 by the efforts of Rev. Joaquin Soriano, as its first Parish Priest. Its bell tower is said to be the tallest in the Province of Negros Oriental and served as look out for the seafaring pirates during the times of marauding days of Moro pirates. The church is now listed as a National Cultural Treasure.

The Bell Tower of St. Augustine of Hippo Church

St. Augustine of Hippo Church

You can barely see an old Church that is facing the vast ocean and exactly what made this Church interesting. During our visit, the Church was open, so we get the chance to go inside and the interior design is truly captivating. While I slowly moved my two little itchy feet inside the Church, I then immediately caught the Pipe Organ peacefully located on the upper side of the Church on the left side. During our visit, there were seminary whom I think are taking an exam, so we then didn’t get a chance to amble around the church, but I was lucky enough to have captured the beauty of the Church.

The Pipe Organ from Zaragoza, Spain

Beside the Church is where the Municipal Hall of Bacong located, you can also see the wide area of their Plaza as a perfect place to play and just enjoy the enticing Bermuda grass while catching with your friends. What I like about Bacong is the notion of being clothed with the fresh air and the air coming from the sea. Never brush off this town when you visit Dumaguete City.

The Plaza of Bacong

 

SPECIAL THANKS

I would wish to thank the Province of Negros Oriental Tourism Office and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) for sponsoring this trip as part of the celebration of Buglasan Festival 2016. The Buglasan Festival will run from October 14-23,2016.For more updates regarding their colorful festival, you can visit their Facebook page at Buglasan Festival. My greatest gratitude for Arnold M Jerodiaz of wanderingsoulscamper for bringing me here and become part of this event.

HOW TO GET TO BACONG and St. Augustine of Hippo Church


You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. Ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) near the Public market and look for a PUJ that bound to Bacong. Ask the driver to drop you down at the Bacong proper. From there, you can ask the local where is St. Augustine of Hippo Church. The church is actually situated at the front of Public market of Bacong.

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31 thoughts on “ST. AUGUSTINE of Hippo Church in BACONG: Keeping the PIPE ORGAN from Zaragoza, Spain.  

  1. The place looks inviting. I know Dumaguete is a great place with great people. I really wanted to visit it, soon. 🙂

    By the way, I bet the church had already been renovated because it does not look that old.

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  2. Super interesting to read about this town as I’d never heard of it. I love the sound of old organs; reminds me of my childhood. My grandparents had one in their home and we’d play it 🙂 Thanks for sharing these lovely photos along wtih this story!

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  3. I love visiting churches when I travel, even better if I can catch a mass and hear those beautiful organs being played. The bell tower on this church is particularly beautiful! Ironic that pirates used a church as a lookout, but also kind of genius!

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  4. Bacong looks like it’s a treasure trove of undiscovered historic gems. The church has a rather unusual name though. Why was it called hippo?

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  5. I can’t stop on laughing as I thought you were in Spain and when I reread your title, you were in the Philippines pala! It’s a good thing that the history in the place is obviously well-preserved.

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  6. I’ve visited a few churches and places of worship whilst my traveling and it was very beautiful. I love all the details on both inside and outside of the church. Stained glass windows are my fave part. As well as the high ceilings. There’s something very haunting about an organ though…

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  7. I not religious at all but I can still certainly appreciate the architecture of these lovely churches. I love the photo of the tree lined paths. It seems like it is reasonably easy to get to going by your instructions. Lots of photo opportunities in that area I would say.

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  8. This is the first time I heard of this place. I’m glad I read about it here in your blog. This is interesting information. I would love to visit this church too and hear that pipe organ. 🙂

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  9. I love visiting churches when I travel, they say a lot about the history and culture of a destination. I love that this one is by the sea – haven’t seen that before! I can understand why it’s been declared a National Treasure 🙂

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  10. I always love discovering new places in the Philippines! The church heritage is fascination. What an interesting name for a place of worship too! PS I really like how you bolded the words in this piece, made it much easier to read!

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  11. The St. Augustine of Hippo Church looks modest but beautiful. I bet you wished that they would ave sang a song at the pipe organ while you were there. I had the chance to hear a concert at the pipe organ from the Cathedral of Vienna and I was simply amazed by the beauty of the sounds coming out of it.

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  12. One of the things I look forward to taking photographs of when I go to a church is the architecture. This one has a simple yet pretty facade. Quite an odd name, too, haha. I wish I visited this one when I went to Dumaguete — but I guess it’s just another trip I should visit in the future! 🙂

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  13. St. Augustine is one of the greatest Theologian and Philosopher alongside St. Thomas Aquinas during their time. They argued a lot especially on topics like the existence of God, the characteristics of God, etc. When I pray, I ask for help from St. Augustine’s soul to let God assist me in times that I need to think or use my wits like when presenting reports, etc.

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  14. I’ve never seen a pipe organ in person and am very interested to see one. Wish you could have gone up to the bell tower; those views are always the best. 😀

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  15. adding this place to my list! I am a constant traveler to Dumaguete City and it’s good to know that this church is just near. Hopefully, I can go visit soon.

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  16. I’m glad they have preserved the Spanish vibe of the place. This used to be one of the most important structure in a community since Spaniards introduce Christianity. It is really cool that it is still being used up to this day. =)

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  17. I love the formation of the trees on the way to the entrance. It’s so beautiful. Na maintain japon ang pagka old but gold sa place. Also, the pipe organ is so amazing!

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  19. It’s hard to locate knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you are aware of what you’re talking about! Thanks

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