We've always been fascinated visiting old Churches and this one was another tick off from our sky is the limit invisible list. A very close friend invited us here in Lipa for a special occassion and of course we didn't let the day pass without exploring some of their notable landmarks.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, commonly known as the Lipa Cathedral, is a Romanesque church in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Lipa. The Cathedral was chosen as the seat of the then Diocese of the Lipa in 1910. Detached from the Archdiocese of Manila and canonically erected by Pope St. Pius X,
There more to explore and we are not done yet. We didn't have enough time when we were here but one thing is for sure, we will be back again soon.
Administered by the Augustinians beginning April 30, 1605 (and until the end of the 19th century) under the name “Convent of San Sebastian in Comintang” the first church building was made of light materials. The present building of “serious architecture, proven solidity and great proportions” began to be constructed through the concerted efforts of the Augustinians who administered the Parish of San Sebastian and the faithful people of Lipa : in 1779, Fray Ignacio Vasquez Pallares, later on continued by Fray Manuel Galiana in 1787, and its spacious transept completed in 1865 during the term of Fray Manuel Diez Gonzalez.
The church was totally completed from 1865 to 1894 during the administration of Fray Benito Baras to whom Lipeños attribute their religiosity. He was also responsible for the erection of the Catholic Cemetery in Antipolo and, without any aid from the state, the bridge at Sabang, and the road that served as a national highway to Manila and Laguna. for more info please visit this website: www.lipatourism.wordpress.com
How to get there:
-From Cubao ride a bus going to Lipa and then inform the conductor to drop you off at SM Lipa
-From SM ask the locals around the area where you can ride a trike or jeep going to Lipa Cathedral.