Travelogue: Transfiguration of our Lord Parish (Cavinti Church)Sunday, May 10, 2015
Churches is always part of the itinerary whenever I travel. The older it is the more likely I am eager to visit and of course, to make a wish (Because I believe on the myth that if it is your first time to enter on that specific church one is eligible to make a wish that’s why I always do.). Gee… I am not yet done with my Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour (#CavEAT) blog post as I wanted to write each and every place that we’ve been to separately. I still have four posts to go so better stay tuned. Explore and discover of Cavinti in Laguna.
In line with this, Transfiguration of our Lord Parish or simply also known as Cavinti Church is also rich in history. It was built in 1621 and was made up of temporary materials as the stone version came later under the supervision of Father Pedro de San Martin. The church was built in an unusual location and a legend about the two men known as the Puhawan brothers lies beneath the corners of the church. Based on the legend, there were two brothers searching for food so they could have something to eat when they discovered an image of El Salvador del Mundo (the patron saint of Cavinti) on the spot where the church built in the early 1600s. They took the photo to their home and noticed that it was missing. To their amazement, the image then found in the same place where they first found it. Thus, Cavinti Church now stands on the holy ground where the image was discovered.
Meanwhile, in July 1880 where one the largest earthquakes in the Luzon happened the church’s bell tower was destroyed and walls were also damaged. Though, one of the bells is still operational during our visit which was sometime in January 2015.
I was mesmerized of how the church is being preserved and maintained by the locals but then some areas were already renovated and looks modern. And just hate the vandals though. Hopefully, locals and tourists could be more disciplined to know what is wrong and right and perhaps, help our tourism to preserve those things and places that has something to do with our history so the next generation can still visit and wander on what our country had been throughout the years.