SIQUIJOR | Lazi Church - San Isidro Labrador Parish | Lakad Pilipinas

Broad Acacia trees shade the street in front of Lazi’s old church giving an impression that we’re somewhere in the middle of a plaza instead of a road. On our right stands the massive barn-like appearance of the San Isidro Labrador Church and on our left is its complimentary convent.

Lazi Church indeed looks more like a barn in appearance than a church except for its belfry, made a year after the original structure, that sticks out on its left flank. Remove the said tower and you won’t even find a cross or icon that would tell you that what you are looking at is a temple of worship.

That, however, does not mean that Lazi’s prided Baroque structure is no gem. In fact it is more treasured than most fancy churches built around the country, being a candidate of the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site seal.
According to the historical marker found on its coral-stone walls, Lazi Church was built in 1857 by Augustinian Recollects. Its meter-thick walls are made of coral stones inlaid with wooden reinforcements and fill. The final touches done by local courtesans after 27 long years can be seen throughout the façade of the cream-colored church; intricate carvings through the textured coral stones.

I was at first bewildered as to why the church entrance was blocked by a net and I soon found the reason as I entered its spacious hall. The church’s blue-painted tin ceiling, the first I’ve seen of its kind, is pockmarked by birds nesting on its hollows. The net ensures that the situation does not worsen.
In fact the situation is a bit dire; the interiors of Lazi Church needs some attention in restoration. Parts of its walls are already moss-ridden and its beautiful blue ceiling is in critical shape.
I’m not sure about the condition of its shiny wooden floors though. Built of hard woods, I think it can withstand a few more centuries. And yes, this is the only church I’ve been in with wooden floors. Elevated from the ground and made in herringbone pattern, it covers the whole church floor from entrance to its marbled altar floor.
Another interesting thing about the Lazi Church is its two pulpits which makes its interiors symmetrically balanced; one more unique feature that I’ve only seen at this place.

The choir loft was open during our visit and we wasted no time going up. We were warned to be careful though as the floors are waxed regularly and can be quite slippery. Further up, we entered another chamber that led to the belfry.
A huge metal bell inscribed with the date 10 November 1928 greeted us. There was supposedly another bell inside the tower but it went missing according to our guide. Along its hollow, a bird’s-eye view of the church’s northern flank can be seen.
Careful not to slip, we again went down the wooden floors of Lazi Church and emerged in the sunlit Siquijor afternoon. From the church entrance, past fences and huge acacia trees, we can see our next destination right across the street; Lazi’s equally famous convent.


Lazi Church | San Isidro Labrador Parish
Siquijor Circumferential Road, Lazi, Siquijor
GPS Coordinates: 9.127854,123.633866
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        SIQUIJOR THREE-DAY SERIES
        TRIP ITINERARY | MANILA - DUMAGUETE CITY - SIQUIJOR | ST. FRANCIS DE ASSISI CHURCH | CAPILAY’S SPRING PARK AT SAN JUAN
        OVER AND BELOW LAZI’S CENTURY-OLD BALETE TREE | LAZI CHURCH - SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH | LAZI CONVENT
        THE CAMBUGAHAY FALLS AT LAZI | SANTA MARIA CHURCH & ITS BLACK MARIA | SUNSET ON THE ROAD
        SAN JUAN’S COCO GROVE RESORT | COCO GROVE ACCOMMODATIONS AT SAN JUAN | COCO GROVE’S SUNSET RESTAURANT
        SUNSET AND SUNRISE AT SAN JUAN’S TUBOD BEACH

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

9 comments:

  1. Buti ka pa nakapasok!
    Nung andyan kami parang merong commencement exercises. Hahaha.

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  2. A very unique design and a little peculiar!

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  3. tama! muka nga shang barn, pero ang galing, very unique pati loob.

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  4. Kelangan din i-maintain ung Church. Dami post about Siquijor ^_^

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  5. ngayon ko lang rin pansin..muka nga siyang barn :D

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  6. Wow! Sparrows! Are there a lot? The church could sell those nests to restaurants to make bird's nest soup. They'd make, pardon the expression, a killing! =)

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  7. vintage churches like these sure are a joy to explore.. i hope it gets restored & taken care of..

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  8. Robbie
    Nyak sayang, one of a kind pa naman yung loob ng church

    Francis Balgos
    I agree Francis, kakaiba nga

    Anny, Sendo
    Haha mukhang barn diba? :)

    Henry
    I think ang problem jan is budget for the restoration

    Tin
    Are those sparrows Tin? Ang dami nila dun :)

    Rian
    Hopefully they do get restored Rian

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  9. Hello there,

    Phenomenal Like lowed client benefit superior to anything home stop post you have shared here. The Old Convent is a wonderful building settled in the Tipperary field, a stones discard from phenomenal strolls and lovely view. It is a little, grown-ups just, boutique inn with just seven rooms which adds to the casual, cordial and family like environment. The rooms are extremely agreeable and take into account an incredible night's rest. Truly this post is extremely fundamental for us..


    Thanks,
    Frank

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