Carcar Church kumbento interior

The sala of Carcar Church's kumbento is richly decorated.

The sala of Carcar Church's kumbento is richly decorated.

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.

The kumbento of Carcar Church is one of the biggest in the province of Cebu. It was also one of the richest. Unfortunately, the interior today is just a shadow of it’s former self. During the incumbency of a parish priest between the 1980s and 90s, and who is now assigned in another parish today, a fire sale of antique church items and furnishings was done. One woman even said that a helicopter and a truck were brought to transport these out.

Much has already been changed but traces of the old can still be found. In the sala, one can marvel at the beautiful embellishments as well as the ceiling painting including the panels and arches that echoes the choirloft of the church. At the corridor, or if one will call it, antesala, wall and ceiling paintings are still intact while a beautiful antique bench provides a point of interest. The original hardwood floors are also still there.

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