in the wood carving capital of Laguna, the town of Paete.
with small volutes, to the circular aperture, and the arched window of the bell tower.
The signage pretty much narrates the brief history of
St. James the Apostle church (San Santiago de Apostol) that was founded in 1580.
St. James treading on bodies which a little boy told me, are dead pagans.
With high expectations upon entering the church, I was stumped whilst checking the door that obviously could not be the original one. Perhaps my ignorance of the church's complete history, made me inconsiderate of the fact that, with it's share of earthquakes, the original door must have been destroyed.
I was quite disappointed with the altar and the gold plastered retablos. Clearly, they have undergone modifications that strike a blunt contrast with the church's old facade.
LANGIT, LUPA, IMPIYERNO (Heaven, Earth, Hell),
another depiction by Jose Luciano Dans, from 1850,
it reminded me of Dante's Inferno.
JUICIO FINAL (St. Francis & The Salvation of the Soul).
It was painted in 1720 after the stone church was built in 1717.