Photo Essay

Pilgrimage to Naga

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The Philippine Islands have many beautiful old churches built during Spanish colonial times.

Naga City in Camarines Sur, the Bicol Region, way down at the southern tip of Luzon Island, is home to several churches, including the Shrine of Our Lady of Penafrancia, a pilgrimage site for devotees. Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia is considered the patron saint and protectress of Bicol, and is called "Ina" or "mother" by Bicolanos.

When I visited Naga earlier this year, I thought I'd go tourist and wander around on foot seeing what I could photograph. I went to the Naga Cathedral (built in 1808), the San Francisco Church (established 1578, rebuilt 1970s), and the Penafrancia Shrine (built 1750), and took some photos... and these are what I got.

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