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Churrigueresque (adj.) — [from Wikipedia] Churrigueresque refers to a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architectural ornament which emerged as a manner of stucco decoration in Spain in the late 17th century and was used up to about 1750, marked by extreme, expressive and florid decorative detailing, normally found above the entrance on the main facade of a building.

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From Pacazo, p. 529

The Beauty Of St. John of Sahagun Church

Baroque style in architecture is quite dramatic, intense, and the undulating , decorative, intricately designed surface characteristics imply a sense of movement. Saint John of Sahagun Church is also an example of Churrigueresque style, a mode popular in the Spanish baroque architecture. This exuberant mode, named after the Churriguera architects in Spain, is evident in the entrance in the main façade of the church. The florid, intricate, very detailed and expressive columns and above the entranceway provides a clear example. It elicits an overwhelming feeling in the observers.

The interior of the church is adorned with stone murals and mosaics created proudly by the local artists of Tigbauan.

Built by Augustinian friars in the year 1575, it is almost 440 years old now.  The church’s construction was out of forced labour. It used red coral and limestone from Igbaras. It survived a number of natural calamities over its existence including typhoons and earthquakes. It is also due to these natural disasters that the church went under many rebuildings and improvements through time before it became as what it is today, a reminder of the past and a stronghold for the future

The church is considered today as one of the most unique Catholic churches in the country because of its Churrigueresque orientation. It is also historically significant as its walls witnessed and survived the wars between the Filipinos and the Spaniards, Japanese and the Americans. It is also a significant point in the town proper as many Tigbauenos are Roman Catholics and they go to utilize the church for important, spiritual endeavours.

Every day that I pass in the town centre of Tigbauan on my way to school, this church always amused me with its grandeur and when I went there to visit the church for a project, I’d say that it deserves utmost respect. I am not a Roman Catholic or religious per se but I know that it is very important to many and I get the feeling that its walls are not just enveloped with safety, but it also radiates certain awe to everyone. In my view, the church is strongly significant as a notable heritage for the Tigbauenos and to all Filipinos in general. These authentic and grand churches are something that we should all be proud of and help in restoring them.

Source: Historic and Old Philippines. Retrieved November  15, 2014 from

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