Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail: CARCAR

I knew I'm near Carcar City when several vendors selling ampao, bucarillo and chicharon boarded the bus I took from Sibonga. Aside from being famous for its chicharon as well as lechon, Carcar City is also known as the "Little Marikina of the South." A few more minutes and the bus passed by the Carcar Rotonda. I alighted on the next bus stop and walked my way towards Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Before reaching the church, I saw this lady counting how much she has sold from her candles.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church has a Greek Orthodox inspired design accentuated by the dome of the two bell towers. Statues of saints are mounted on each fence column surrounding the church plaza. This church was built by the Augustinians between 1860 to 1875. Carcar City is dubbed the heritage city of Cebu due to various Spanish and American colonial houses, structures and edifices.

The architecture of the church features various influences particularly from Graeco-Roman and Islamic Culture. The window openings of the bell towers and the recessed arch of the facade resemble the Iwan of some middle-eastern mosques clearly suggest Islamic Culture. The onion-type dome that cap the bell towers resemble those of Orthodox churches in Europe while the main altar retablo inside the church is Graeco-Roman.

Upon entering the well-built stone church, one can notice the harmony in design, careful layout and alignment leading to the retablo. Finely-cut coral stones define this Spanish colonial church built with a main nave bounded on both sides with side-aisles. It follows a rectangular plan instead of the usual cruciform layout common to most churches. Tombstones dotted on each part of the wall flooring and the piers make this church more interesting.

The main altar retablo with Graeco-Roman design

View from the altar

View of the choir loft and pulpit

View from the choir loft

The church ceiling made of bayong molave wood

The succeeding pictures show the Stations of the Cross in a tablet-like sculpture relief designs mounted on the lower part of the coral stone pilasters in no particular order.

Jesus sentence to death

Jesus is stripped of his garments                                  Third fall of Jesus          .      

              Jesus tied to the cross                           Jesus consoles the daughters of Jerusalem

Jesus dying on the cross                               Jesus meets his mother

Jesus was taken down from the cross                                     First fall of Jesus                

Jesus laid in the tomb                                 Jesus with the Cross

I was not able to take a picture of all 14 stations as the other 3 coral stone pilasters are currently undergoing some restoration and were covered with bamboos. The coral stone pilasters were previously covered with cement and this laid cement are being peeled off to restore the original texture.

Aside from the tablet-like sculpture mounted on the lower part of the pilasters, angels and querubins are also mounted on the upper part of the pilasters. There are 120 angels and querubins within the vicinity of St Catherine of Alexandria.

Before I left, Utazo posed on one of the pews and had his picture taken.

This is the last part of my day trip in the Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail. The next part will be the travel guide and how you can fit a day for all the 5 municipalities and 1 city for the Southeast Heritage Trail.

I will also be writing another series for the Southwest Cebu Heritage Trail.

Related Links:

South Cebu Heritage Trail: SAMBOAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: GINATILAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: OSLOB

South Cebu Heritage Trail: BOLJOON PART 1

South Cebu Heritage Trail: BOLJOON PART 2

South Cebu Heritage Trail: DALAGUETE

South Cebu Heritage Trail: ARGAO

South Cebu Heritage Trail: SIBONGA

South Cebu Heritage Trail: TRAVEL GUIDE

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