Philippine Church Facades

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Philippine Church Façades is a book on Philippine churches authored by Fr. Pedro G. Galende, OSA and jointly published in August 2007 by the San Agustin Museum and, a division of Vibal Publishing House Inc. The book features 161 remarkable Catholic churches in the Philippines built between 1565 and 1898. It is a photographic voyage exploring baroque architecture and is also an encyclopedia of Filipino ecclesiastical architecture, which documents what a legion of native masons,carpenters and designers polished into a definitive Filipino art. The book glorifies the riotous creativity of Spaniards and Filipinos who brought zeal and ingenuity to building wondrous houses of worship.

Philippine Church Façades is the largest visual compendium of Philippine churches, with over 600 new and 160 archival photographs, covering virtually every region in the Philippines from Luzon to Mindanao. It is a testament to the Philippines’ enduring cultural, architectural, and religious heritage.

The Author

Fr. Pedro G. Galende, OSA is director of the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros, Manila. He studied philosophy and theology in Villadolid, Spain; French at the Academy of Briam in Zaragoza, Spain; and English at the School of Davis in London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s degree in English, and a doctorate in literature. He has published other landmark books that include Angels in Stone; San Agustin: Noble Stone Shrine; San Agustin Art and History; and the bilingual edition of Fr. Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas.

Book Launching

The book was launched on August 30, 2007 at the Inner Courtyard of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.



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