San Salvador del Mundo Church survived at typhoon Pablo.
Inquirer.net and gmanetwork.com reported how the Mati Diocese Church has withstood Typhoon Pablo.
After the declaration of the Mati diocese as a National Historical Site in the country because of its age and history which are very important to the culture of our country, the church had its faith tested.
The 128-year-old church of Caraga can be found in the beautiful province of Davao Oriental, particularly in the town of Caraga. It is a historical site of great value in the Philippines. The church building is made up of stone and wood. It is situated facing the Pacific Ocean, and had served as the guardian of the town against pirates and marauders.
The century-old church served as the central mission station of Spanish missionaries during the 19th century.
Before the year ended, Typhoon Pablo, recorded as the strongest cyclone in 2012 that hit the Philippines, affected many provinces in the Philippines, causing massive damage and loss to lives and properties. The province of Davao Oriental was one of the affected areas.
The typhoon Pablo hit the town of Caraga; its surroundings were ruined and wrecked.
After Typhoon Pablo in the province, everyone was surprised when the church survived from the lashing of the typhoon.
The church priest and townsfolk consider it a miracle. Who would have known that an old church located near the shore during the onslaught of typhoon will survive. It could only have been a miracle.
The local priest and people were very thankful for this wonder, despite of grief and regret. The church signified the faith of the people. The church was really a big help to its people, who draw strength and hope from it.
San Salvador del Mundo Church as a National Historical Site
Last year, 2012, the 128-year-old church of Caraga town has been declared as a national historical site in the Philippines.
It is one of the latest sites that has been announced as a historical site in our country.
According to the statement of the CBCP (Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines), last July 2012, they said that the church of San Salvador received its distinction from the National Historical Commission on its feast day last July 16.
The church possesses a solemn ambiance that will surely be loved by people. The church remains firm across its age, maybe in part to the strong faith of the local people that strengthens the church.
The two-century-old giant seashells that that serve as a holy water font for people and baptismal font are one of the important things that can be seen in the church.
After receiving the certificate as a National Historical Site, the CBCP moved to pursue the church as a National Landmark. But the most important thing now, the church of Caraga, San Salvador del Mundo Church, is now under the management of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines who will help maintain the church.
The church is really vital to people, to the town, to the province and to the country.