How the Talisay church look today

The current facade of the church

 The current Talisay church still has its original facade in place as well as portions of the wall along the nave and transept at gospel side. Unfortunately, recent expansions and additions are just horrible and doesn’t harmonize with the facade that it undermines the massiveness of the twin belfries.

Angled view of the church showing the nave and right transept.

The epistle side of the nave has been covered and expanded to accommodate additional parishioners, shown above, while the gospel side of the nave is still as is. However, it may just be a few more months when it will be treated the same as the epistle side.

Newly expanded portion at the rightside of the church.

The demands of a fast rising population of faithful catered by this parish led to the expansion of the church by utilizing the epistle side of the nave. It is now a covered area. I’m not sure if the walls were demolished as can be seen in the thin walls, that contrasts to the other side but it is also possible that this was already destroyed during the war. Work is also underway to do the same with the gospel side.

Current look of the presbytery. Note the uneven center.

When the church was rebuilt after it was bombed during World War II, it seems that construction was haphazard that when one looks at the altar now, its off center with the right side wider than the left. The interior has been heavily renovated across the years that there are no traces of the original already.


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  2. pag sure mo wui tingali kamo kuwang sa renovation mamantay man mo sa simbahan angay man gani mo malipay

  3. tristan, its not that we are not for renovation. these are cultural heritage structures that have lots of history and significance to every Filipino, why not do it in such a way that retains or blends with its architecture? we should look beyond just having a renovated church or just be happy that it is newly painted. would it be better if we have something tangible that will make us proud that we still have these structures? these are our identity.

    I’m from Talisay City, this is my home and unfortunately, after World War II, the only spanish colonial era structure that was left standing is this one. The bahay na bato houses and convent were bombed by the Americans to flush out the Japanese.

    These structures keep us grounded. It helps us look back to our rich cultural heritage and this particular church gives us Talisaynons an identity.

  4. yea.. sayang po talaga.. another example would be the Mabolo Church, it is in neo-gothic style but due to expansion, hindi na bumagay sa kanyang lumang feature..

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