Second day of Rizal Travel-  Baras Rizal.

Baras is considered as a first class municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is a Town which is situated after Morong and prior to Tanay.  Baras is just a small Town and politically subdivided into 10 Barangays.

List of Barangays:

o Evangelista
o Rizal (Pob)
o San Jose
o San Salvador
o Santiago
o Concepcion
o San Juan
o San Miguel
o Mabini
o Pinugay

And Baras Rizal is very popular for its Church, Saint Joseph Parish which has been the setting of different TV Programs, TV Commercials, Documentaries, Movies and Photography especially travel bloggers like me. It has been an all-time favorite location for location hunt managers for shooting due to its architectural design which is very vintage and well-preserved.

 The Church is situated at A. Bonifacio Street, Concepcion , Baras, Rizal.

I am not expecting that Baras Church is very vintage architecture. Not at all, I thought that it was an abandon heritage thingy when you’re viewing it from the outside. But when you go ahead inside you will appreciate the entire arrangement.  I was exquisite baroque architecture.  Unlike in Tanay church which is old outside and maintained inside, Baras Church is totally old architecture even in the interior part of it. The wooden ceiling is really amazing given the fact that nowadays we are no longer using wood for celling instead we are now using steel.

The green and blue algae are noticeable when you stare towards the walls of the church that adds up the oldness of the design. Eleven steps of grand stairs will welcome you for you to reach the main door. The decorations of the simple facade are drawn from the balustrade that trims the sharply triangular pediment, but a unique beauty can be drawn from the checkerboard pattern of stone, brick, and mortar that the paintless finish provides, a clear reminder of the era in which the church was made.

  A wooden door is made up of mahogany which is mean that the durability of it is secured. The remarkable feature of the altar is the color gold, the floor is rough and it defines the real and original materials that were used. The walls are made up of dark adobe which is rough and bare and the ceiling is made up of wood to be specific decors and adornments are almost non-existent.  The church appears quite massive even if it looks compact and totally imposing in its solidity. A simple capiz window screen for the choir loft protected by a balustrade and a saint's niche at the pediment is also another feature that is perfect of the image capturing.

As per the National Historical Institute, the first church was built by the Franciscan Order in 1915 but was transferred to Ibayo (now Concepcion) after the town was moved there and was administered by the Jesuits for 63 years.

What I find most interesting is the sculptural value of their Via Crucis. And the plaza is really big, and you can a park your car there.


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