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Balayan Church a National Cultural Treasure

FB/ Immaculate Conception Parish, Balayan, Batangas

Balayan Church A Place of Serenity

Balayan Church
FB/ Immaculate Conception Parish, Balayan, Batangas

The Parish Church of Immaculate Conception, also known as Balayan Church, is a well known Parish Church located in the town of Balayan, Batangas in the Philippines. The church is listed as a National Cultural Treasure due to its rich history dating back to the Spanish Colonial Period.

Balayan Church History

The Augustinians first brought Balayan to Bombon, which is now Taal, in 1575.The present-day separate municipalities and parishes of Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan, Tuy, and Calaca were formerly a part of Balayan. However, the Franciscans took over the land in 1578 and then transferred Balayan to the Jesuits in 1591. It was in that year that the church was first built and blessed by Fr. S.J. Pedro Chirino supervised the construction of the church, which quickly became a symbol of the town.

Stone walls were built around the Balayan church complex in the past to protect it from pirates, who at least three times ransacked the town. A stone cota, or fort, was built with the church and convent inside after a raid in 1754.

At the other end of town, atop a hill, a smaller fortification, or cota, was built to protect the harbor. The cota’s walls were likely demolished in the 1840s, along with those of Bauan and Batangas, but the fortified church remained standing into the nineteenth century.

Today, the church remains a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreigners alike. It is well-known for its stunning architecture and historical significance.

Balayan Church Schedule Of Mass

Sunday – 5 AM, 6 AM, 8:30AM, 5 PM
Saturday – 6 AM, 5PM
Weekdays – 6 AM

Balayan Batangas Festival

Lechon Festival is celebrated at Balayan, Batangas every June 24th in honor of St. John the Baptist.

Lechon is a popular dish in Batangas and other parts of the Philippines. Most Batagueños serve it as a main dish during festivals or fiestas. It is said that there was a lechon even before the arrival of the Spaniards according to people of Balayan. Serving lechon during festivals has become a representation of Batangas heritage.

Read more: What you Need to Know About Lechon Festival in Balayan

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