The town of Pitogo, a municipality in the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province used to be located along the Mayubok River in a what is now called Pinagbayanan and was established in 1754. Due to the frequent muslim slave raids, it was transferred to Cawayanin in 1760. But when the image of its patron, St. Paul got lost and was found under a Pitogo tree, the town took on the tree’s name ever since.
The Parish of the Conversion of St. Paul is located at a high area with a good view of the sea. Although the book published by the Diocese of Gumaca, A Decade of Grace Upon Grace: The Diocese of Gumaca, 1985-1995, A Documentary, states that the parish was founded in 1854 and the church built in 1917, I do doubt the latter as it’s already too late for such a structure built in cut coral stones.
The church of Pitogo eschews the triangular pediment of the facade, a design feature that is all too common in the Philippine setting. Instead, it has this beautiful semicircle that recalls to mind another religious structure, the Minor Basilica of Tayabas. The facade is just a simple neoclassic design in three levels with a modern belfry placed on top.
The church is barnlike except for a structure that was added at its left side, also built with coral stones. Interestingly, only the side of the facade and the back have buttresses. The right side entrance though is beautiful with a neoclassic retablo design with niches.