The choirloft of Carcar Church

The choirloft of Carcar Church

The choirloft of Carcar Church

In most old churches in the Philippines, the choirloft is situated at the far end of the church and just above the main portal. Carcar Church is no exception. Entrance is through a flight of wooden stairs at it’s left. A close inspection of the walls near these steps indicate a previous installation that shows a direct ascent up. Today, one negotiates a total of three flights.

The photos used in this series were taken between 2005 and 2008 as the author visits this church from time to time. Special thanx to Lorens Gibb Lapinid for the assistance in 2008. There’s not so much to be seen in the choirloft today and is no longer used for its main purpose. However, looking at the walls are a series of faded frescoes that indicates how this church was previously decorated. The woodwork also echoes the style that can be seen in the kumbento.

One thing that do catches one’s attention is the base of the choirloft. It sports a coffered ceiling that, based from archival photos, was how the original central nave looked like before it was painted.

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