Monday, June 13, 2016

National Cultural Treasure Series - SAN AGUSTINE OF HIPPO CHURCH, Bacong, Negros Oriental

The Church of St. Agustine of Hippo is located in the coastal town of Bacong, Negros Oriental, the smallest municipality in the province, located south of Dumaguete City. It is the town’s heritage jewel with it's fabled pipe organ. The church’s current structure was completed in 1865. Its sits with its fa├žade and belfry close to and facing the shore as do most churches of the era. 

The church was declared by the National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure in 2002. 

Its bell tower, the tallest in the province, served as look out for monitoring of maurading pirates.  Climbing the top is quite a challenge but the breathtaking view of the Negros seaside and the town plaza surrounded by majestic acacia trees. 

Most of the interior of the church is renovated except for the altar, which is said to be the oldest in the province. It remains one of two original elements. The church’s pipe organ is the other. It was ordered from Zaragoza, Spain and installed in 1894. The pipe organ was restored in 2009.

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