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Kapampangan historian holds lecture on importance of preserving heritage churches

Jun 13, 2018

ANGELES CITY -- The importance of preserving heritage churches was underscored by a noted Kapampangan historian in a lecture held at the country’s first museum on social history here.

Lord Francis Musni, archivist and professor as well as curator at Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University in Bacolor, held a lecture at the Museum of Social History of the Philippine (MSHP) recently where he featured the importance of conserving churches in Pampanga.

“Lubao and Betis, the oldest settlements in Pampanga, were the first kumbentos and parishes in Tondo being the mother parish. Pampanga was to become a favorite province of Spain and a most coveted mission territory of the Augustinians,” Musni said.

Heritage religious structures in Pampanga include the San Agustin Church in Lubao, Santiago Apostol Church in Betis, Santa Lucia Church in Sasmuan, San Nicolas de Tolentino in Macabebe, La Purisima Church in Guagua, San Guillermo Aquitania Church in Bacolor and Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion or more popularly known as the Metropolitan Cathedral in City of San Fernando.

“Begin calling the churches by their original titles. We do not just call it Lubao Church, but San Agustin Church,” he stressed.

Musni’s lecture entitled, “Pisamban da Ring Ibpa Mi (The churches of our fathers), Directions and Challenges in
Kapampangan Church Heritage Preservation” is one of the highlights of the National Heritage Month celebration.

In line with the celebration, Department of Tourism acting regional director Carolina Uy led the opening of “Sanctuario: Pampanga’s Colonial Churches” at the MSHP also known as the Pamintuan Mansion. The exhibit is open to the public.

–Gladys Mae Gonzales

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