Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pindangan Ruins

pindangan ruins

pindangan ruins

pindangan ruins

This week's Photo Hunt theme is "Ruin(ed)". These pictures were the only ones I thought about. These pictures were taken summer of 2006, when my siblings and I had some sort of a northern trip that covered places from our dad's home province (La Union), Baguio City, and Vigan City. That trip basically started our liking to check out new places, revisiting places we've been to, and taking pictures as we go along.

This is the Pindangan Ruins, located in the city of San Fernando in La Union. As I am writing this, I am trying to browse my blogs for information about this place, but sadly, I wasn't able to post an entry about this. Wow, I can't believe it! Anyway, this is what is left of the first Catholic Church in the province of La Union, and the original church was built in 1759. Now, there's an office on the grounds of the church that's occupied by the Carmelite Nuns, and mass inside the chapel of the office is held every Wednesday morning.

The place is not located along the highway, so from the town plaza of the city, you can take a local transportation (jeepney) going south, and after Max’s Restaurant, you will see a street that has a signage pointing the way to the ruins. From there, you can either walk (just walk along the road, you won’t miss the ruins) or take the tricycle. It would be quite a long walk, so if you're not up to it, I suggest you just take the tricycle.

This was the first time we checked out the place - we learned about it from the provincial souvenir magazine out Aunt Julie owned. Sadly, we still haven't checked back the place. Seeing these poor quality pictures made me want to see the place again, and this time, I will surely take lots of pictures that would show more than what's left of the church. At that time, we just borrowed a digital camera from my brother's friend and it had a very small storage capacity, so we opted to have VGA size photos. The next time I will be here, I will make sure the pictures would be much nicer.

*** Jenn ***

ps - that's my brother on the middle picture.


RJ Flamingo said...

I think you did a nice job. These are lovely!

I love the textures of "ruined". Here's mine:

Have a great weekend!

Forever Foster said...

I particularly like your first photo. Thankyou for telling the story of the photos, too. It really made them come alive:)

Lynn said...

I have been to La Union a number of times but have never really check this one out. Seems a very serene place to me.

Hootin' Anni said...

I'm not sure if I understood this, but they still hold masses there?!

Beautiful photos. Some great history.

My Native American Sonoran Desert Ruin is posted...come join me, won't you?

Happy Hunting!

Anonymous said...

ive been there also! and its a great place! great entry.

mine is up as well. see you around.

Cindy said...

1759! That's awesome. Great photos for the ruin theme! And the information was really interesting, too.
I'm ruined

Liz said...

I especially like the first one. Your brother looks like he's having fun!

Mrs Mecomber said...

Very nice photos. It is good to see lush green things. Winter is coming, here.

I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link!

Have a great weekend!

Marites said...

i like the first pic too. it looks isolated but beautiful.

Brine Queen said...

Even with limitations you did a good job. That first picture really rocks.

crazy working mom said...

Wow, what an amazing place! It is beautiful, even if it is ruined. :) My Ruined