Dumarao means to be in mourning.
On 16 November 2009, a fire broke out at the ceiling of the second level of the Our Lady of the Snow Institute at 0130H that gutted the whole building and the adjacent parish church of Dumarao. Faulty wiring was blamed and the flames were only put out at 0500H. Only the shell of the church: the belfry, the facade and the back remained standing.
Dumarao was accepted by the Augustinian Order in 29 April 1617 under the patronage of Nuestra Senora de la Natividad but an 1848 document also says that it was founded in 1705 under the advocacy of the Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.
According to Fr. Pedro Galende, OSA, in his book Angels in Stone, the first church was started in the first quarter of the 18th century, probably from 1710 – 1728. An 1875 typhoon greatly damaged the structure including the convent. In 1880, a temporary church was built by Fr. Abundio Garcia and was finished by succeeding priests. The convent was rebuilt from 1873 – 1876.
What I did notice about this church was that it was built by the townspeople with river stones that they got from as far as six kilometers from the site. This is very much noticeable at the back of the facade.
The church of Dumarao is currently being rebuilt but funds for its construction are greatly needed. Please donate to the parish. You can send in your donations by depositing it in the following bank accounts:
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Branch: Plaridel St., Roxas City, Capiz
Account name: Fr. Delfin A Delfin & Mrs. Eleanor Abad
Account number (Peso): 001103-3785-47
Account number (Dollar): 001104-0208-32
Parish Priest: Fr. Delfin A Delfin
Contact No: +63 927 480 7041/+63 939 515 7892