Front and side facade details of Pitogo Church

Facade details: a shell bas relief atop the first level windows

Facade details: a shell bas relief atop the first level windows

Pitogo Church is one of four heritage churches in Quezon province’s Bondoc Peninsula and is interesting in its not so usual form with its semicircular pediment. Unlike other churches that have elaborate details, this one is rather austere.

The church facade has three levels that more or less follows the typical Philippine church facade: main portal flanked by a niche, second level with windows at the sides and center and a pediment with a small rose window where an image of its patron saint, St. Paul, is placed.

Facade of the Pitogo Church

Facade of the Pitogo Church

Details are in the form of bas relief atop the window and portal arches, cart-wheel like and floral details near the columns of the capitals. Other than than, none. I was also looking for the Franciscan seal but there’s none too so this might also justify that it was actually built in 1917 or erected by the Seculars. I don’t know much about the history of the evangelization of the Bondoc Peninsula to come up with a right conclusion.

Facade details: book and sword bas relief atop the second level central window

Facade details: wheels and flora (?) bas relief at the third level capital

Facade details: wheels and flora (?) bas relief at the third level capital

Facade details: left, decorative column at the facade; right, crown bas relief atop the main entrance

Facade details: left, decorative column at the facade; right, crown bas relief atop the main entrance

Retablo of the side facade entrance

Side facade entrance

The left side entrance of the church has a beautiful retablo like facade that echoes the front. It has two levels: the first level having almost life sized niches that flank the entrance while the second has a central niche but for a smaller image.

Like the main facade of the church, there are bas relief and decorative columns too.

Side entrance facade column and bishop's mitre bas relief atop the side entrance

Side entrance facade column and bishop’s mitre bas relief atop the side entrance

The side facade niches flanking the portal

The side facade niches flanking the portal

Second level details of side entrance facade

Second level details of side entrance facade

Capital details of columns of side entrance facade

Capital details of columns of side entrance facade

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