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Church of Tumauini’s St. Mathias Parish

Written By: Kaloy - Apr• 01•10

Tumauini, Church of Tumauini's St. Mathias ParishIsabela
Built in n 1707 by Fray Francisco Nuñez and named after the patron saint of St. Matias. The Church of Tumauini became a regular parish on 1751. The unique cylindrical bell tower was not installed until the 1783 and completed 22 years later in 1805 by Father Domingo Forto.

The Bell tower of St. Mathias became a unique feature in the Philippines since most of the bell towers designed right after are rectangular in design. Severe damage was done to the Church of Tumauini during the Japanese occupation of WWII, but was restored by the citizens of the province. Currently St. Mathias Parish still holds its weekly and daily masses under the centuries old red bricks that still have some of the old brick carvings of saints, angels and traces of Spanish wheels and patrons decorating the walls.

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