Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Quezon: Tayabas' Basilica of St. Michael The Archangel
A large, beautiful and imposing church in Tayabas, Quezon, officially named the Minor Basilica of St. Michael de Archangel (San Miguel de Arcangel Basilica Menor or Tayabas Basilica for short) is a typical stop-over for Tutubi after visiting friends at Tayabas Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TMPC).
the imposing facade of Tayabas Basilica
the cavernous interiors of the minor basilica with the altar, apse in view
The National Historical Institute (NHI, now the National Historical Commission of the Philippines) marker states that the previous stone church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1743 and present structure was built afterwards with various improvements. The NHI marker further states that it's one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.
The church is dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, thus the image of the angel on the church patio and the famous depiction of St. St. Michael The Archangel slaying the devil (which is made more famous on the label of a popular "stainless" gin maker).
the popular depiction of St. Michael the Archangel about to slay the devil
another popular church dedicated to the archangel can be found in San Miguel, Manila where a more dramatic representation of the San Miguel Arcanghel can be found.
Lastly, this is recommended stop for those planning for a Quezon Visita Iglesia itinerary during Holy Week.
Minor Basilica of St. Michael The Archangel Tayabas, Quezon Coordinates: N14°1'33" E121°35'26
you can visit the basilica and climb its belfry with tour guide @ php50/person. they also have museum with antique religious artifacts, paintings and more for another php50/per person. you can call or text juvi ravalo @ o9216863041 for information and booking.