Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Valladolid, Negros Occidental

Part 4 of the Libotero Negros Occidental Heritage Series

From Pontevedra, I hopped in another mini-bus to take me to the next town up north, Valladolid. The short trip only cost me the minimum fare of ten pesos.

The town of Valladolid is a 4th-class municipality, in terms of income. Based on the latest census, it is home to at least 32,576 people.

Valladolid is known to be the fruit basket of Negros Occidental due to its abundant supply of fruits. It also produces one of the juiciest and tastiest shells I’ve ever tasted, the diwal or the angel wings.

Besides those, the town is best known for its centuries-old church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I wonder why not much has been written about this magnificent church despite its accessibility. The massive structure is hard to miss as it located along the national highway.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Valladolid
Facade of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Founded in 1851 by the Recollect Missionaries, it would have been the biggest Church in Negros Occidental if it was not gutted by fire. Of the original church, only the facade remains intact.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Valladolid Negros
Due to the fire, the Church was reduced in size, lengthwise and height-wise.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Valladolid Negros
The Church’s current main altar.

The Church’s original altar with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe still stands at the back of the current Church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid
Massive walls.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros
The site of the original altar.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros
The original altar.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros
Sayang, no?

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros
The ruins of the Church Convent can also be found at the right side of the Church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Valladolid Negros

After offering my prayers before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I crossed the street to check out the town center of Valladolid.

Valladolid Negros Occidental
Valladolid Municipal Hall.

Valladolid Negros Occidental
At the back of the Municipal Hall, I found something worth checking out…

Valladolid Negros Occidental
Local kids enjoying the sea breeze.

Valladolid Negros Occidental
Sunset Boulevard, as it is called, is a perfect place to watch the beautiful sunset along the Guimaras Strait. The islands you see on the photo are Inampulugan Island and Nadulao Island with the main island of Guimaras in the background. I found it as a good venue to commune with nature as the water laps along the seawall, so I spent a few minutes there.

The kids became curious with what I was doing, so they asked a few questions about who I am, where I came from and what I was doing in their place. I really enjoyed talking with them. They then requested if I could take photos of them. Why not?

Valladolid Negros Occidental

Valladolid Negros Occidental

Valladolid Negros Occidental

Valladolid Negros Occidental

Priceless smiles.

(…to be continued)

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  1. rhai octaviano says: Reply

    hi . ask lang po if paano mag recquest ng baptismaL CERT. sa simbahan daw po ng valladolid negros occidental . for my father po . sa valladolid po kase sya sa daw pinanganak then now,dito na sya sa bicutan . kahit negative record po.basta may maipakita po kaming papel . for claiming po. patay na po kase sya. so need ko ng baptismal cert. naka indicate din po name ng pari at pirma at lugar. hope na matulungan nyo ko. wala na kase syang kamag anak po dyan na kilala namin.
    salamat po, message na lang po ako kung papaano.
    here po . email ji moctaviano@yahoo.com

  2. rhai octaviano says: Reply

    hi . ask lang po if paano mag recquest ng baptismaL CERT. sa simbahan daw po ng valladolid negros occidental . for my father po . sa valladolid po kase sya sa daw pinanganak then now,dito na sya sa bicutan . kahit negative record po.basta may maipakita po kaming papel . for claiming po. patay na po kase sya. so need ko ng baptismal cert. naka indicate din po name ng pari at pirma at lugar. hope na matulungan nyo ko. wala na kase syang kamag anak po dyan na kilala namin.
    salamat po, message na lang po ako kung papaano.
    here po . email ko; moctaviano@yahoo.com

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