Monday, October 24, 2016

The OC Project: St. Jerome Parish Morong, Rizal

Three months. That's how long it's been since I visited  and wrote about the second church for The OC Project series. But over the weekend and thanks to the Civil Service Examinations, I had the chance to finally update this sort of "lakwatsaserye" on my blog. Next to making an ocular visit to the school where I was assigned for the exams, I got to include visiting the town's church, St Jerome Parish in my itinerary.

Completed in 1620, and given its barouque-style architecture, St Jerome Parish, is among the favorite subjects of photographers and photography enthusiasts and there's no need to ask why. The moment I reached the place on a Saturday afternoon, I can't help but be fascinated too. The church's facade is already enough for me to consider this place of worship postcard-worthy. I never thought history could be this beautiful -- and just like what a friend's hashtag in his posts would say, old but gold.

This is how the interior of the church looks like.The altar may have gone through rennovations but history is still visible from the other religious materials found in the church such as the paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross found on the walls.  My mom was able to attend the 6 am mass in this church yesterday while I was taking the exam. And just like me, she also couldn't help but marvel at the church -- particularly the fact that history was preserved in this place -- and how solemn the morning mass was held free from the usual distractions of crying kids and distracting gadgets. She even mentioned that the place is an ideal backdrop for one's travel and event journals.

St. Jerome Parish Church
Gov. Martinez St.
Morong, Rizal

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Day at Lopez Museum and Library

Over the past week, as I was browsing through my Facebook News feed, I came across a post from the Lopez Museum and Library about the Free Museum Day  last October 15. I am familiar about the museum because we featured the place for an art and culture themed issue of the magazine where I wrote for some years ago.

I did not give the event and second thought and given that the event happened on a weekend, I decided to give it a shot. I am not really good with art appreciation, however, I simply wanted to explore the place and what I could see there.

The museum houses pieces from maps, books to original paintings of Filipino artists such as Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna.

While I have never been to the National Museum to see the Spoliarium, it was in that weekend trip to the Lopez Museum that I had a first-time encounter with an original Juan Luna painting. Of those that I saw, this one, the Spanish Girl, caught my attention.

There was also a separate room that housed paintings by Spanish artist Juvenal Sansó. Incidentally, an ongoing exhibit entitled Two Halves of a Whole which featured some of his works was happening on the day I visited.

I was only in the museum for about an hour and a half but the visit proved to be worth it and it was a refreshing diversion to recharge my mind from a stress-filled week at work. It also an opportunity for me to be acquainted with the works of some known names in the field of arts given that I have a sibling who was once an art enthusiast himself (who even became a semi-finalist in a collegiate art competition) and simply because I reside in a place dubbed as the Art Capital of the Philippines. 

Lopez Museum and Library
Ground Floor Benpres Bldg.
Exchange Rd. cor Meralco Ave.
Ortigas Center Pasig

Museum Hours:
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm