My photo walk ( April 2) brought my wandering eyes to the Spanish colonial church of Barcelona, formerly a part of the Old Bulusan town. As characteristic of almost all of my trips, there were always the unexpected pleasant surprises in store for me. One of them is this beautiful stained glass fastened in a window of the historic church – one of several stained glass artworks gracing its windows.
Though well-known to tourists, Barcelona church is often pictured with its imposing facade which is really magnificent but little is known about its interiors. An example of Spanish colonial period architectural legacy, Barcelona church is dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of Barcelona town. I actually touched the coral stones masonry and uttered my appreciation to honor the artisans and builders of the church as I roam around its thick perimeter walls.
But it was inside the church that I discovered and spotted Bulusan Volcano depicted in a stained glass window together with one of the well-loved saints of Bulusan, San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of farmers. The volcano was accurately represented since the stained glass exhibits a cluster of mountains.
Bulusan Volcano is in fact a composite volcano composed of several mountains clustered together like a family.
Photographs by Alma P. Gamil
Barcelona, Sorsogon, Philippines