Everyone has their own recognized churches that want to pray. Although everyone knows that there is one Lord, people go to different places to go to church.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, founded in September 1943 in Barrio Sambat, Taal, is currently Poblacion I in Sta. Teresita, Batangas. It became independent of Taal Parish following Rev. Fr. Vicente R. Catapang, the first Parish Priest, with the Vicar General Msgr. Alfredo A. Obviar and the approval of His Excellency Alfredo Versoza, Bishop of Lipa.
The purchased the current site and the new church was built during the time of Rev. Fr. Alberto B. Macalipay. On October 18, 1986, Archbishop Ricardo J. Vidal, D.D. blessed and dedicated it with the assistance of Bishop Salvador Q. Quizon, D.D.
Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles, D.D. declared this church Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face on January 2, 2007, with Rev. Fr. Eriberto R. Cabrera, Parish Pastoral Council with Mrs. Elvira M. Reyes as President, and massive renovations followed.
In preparation for the 3rd Visit of the Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese on February 4-6, 2013 and the 70th inauguration of the parish in 2013, a higher roofing structure, demolition of the old convent for a larger church, and a new altar.
This divine endeavor was made possible by the contributions of countless devotees, particularly the families of Mr. and Mrs. Rolando I & Emelita Salazar, Mr. & Mrs. Ricardo & Fe Casabuena, and the Construction Committee.
The mentioned above is the decryption of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church’s historical mark, which can be found outside the church’s walls.
To know more about Sta. Teresita Batangas, keep on reading…
Where is St. Therese Child Jesus Parish located?
The St. Therese Child Jesus Parish is located in Sta. Teresita Batangas. Its boundaries are San Nicolas in the north, San Luis in the south, Taal in the west, and Taal Lake in the northeast.
In comparison to neighboring municipalities, the Municipality of Sta. Teresita is a relatively young town. Together with the Rev. Fr. Vicente Catapang and other prominent citizens, President Carlos P. Garcia issued Executive Order No. 454 on December 29, 1961, establishing the Municipality of Sta. Teresita.
Sta. Teresita was then named after its patron saint, St. Therese of the Child Jesus. It is made up of several barangays that have been separated from the three neighboring municipalities. Barangays Sambat, Sinipian, Bihis, Calayaan, Irukan, and Cutang Cawayan were incorporated into the new municipality from the Municipality of Taal.
Similarly, the Municipality of San Nicolas took over Barangays Calumala, Tambo, Saimsim, and Burol. Barangay Pacifico and Sampa were separated from the Municipality of San Luis to form what is now the Municipality of Sta. Teresita.
Things to do in Sta. Teresita Batangas
When you are in Sta. Teresita Batangas, you can do a lot like various outdoor activities; shopping, fun and games, and you can also visit different places just like the following:
- Parque Acuatico Poseidon (Water Parks)
- Entremedanos Club de Mar (Beaches)
- Entremedanos (Beach)
- Bingo Santa Teresita (Casinos)
- Camino del Jaguel (Speciality and Gift Shops)
How to go to Landmarks in Sta. Teresita Batangas?
Sta. Teresita is located in the Southern Tagalog Region, which is adjacent to the National Capital Region. The area is reachable by road from Manila via Cavite via Tagaytay City in the north, and from the Greater Manila Area via Laguna via Calamba-Sto. Tomas in the northeast. It is easily accessible by motorized land transport, including public buses, jeeps, and other private vehicles.
If you are using public transportation, take a bus to Lemery from the National Capital Region (Manila). The pick-up location will be in Sta. Teresita. If you’re looking for landmarks, stop at Sta. Teresita Public Market or St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church, both of which can be seen from the highway.
If you are using a private vihicle, you can take the South Luzon Expressway from Manila all the way to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star Tollway). Take the exit for the Star Tollway-Lipa. Take the Lipa-Cuenca-Batangas Junction from there. You will pass through Cuenca and Alitagtag. Stop by the Sta. Teresita Public Market or the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church if you’re looking for landmarks.
Citizens who love to go to church everywhere, you can also include the town of Sta. Teresita Batangas in your list. Here you can enjoy your whole day by wandering around every place around it.