In continuation to my previous post on Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s 154th birthday, here’s another post dedicated to our national hero. Just a 5 to 8-minute drive away from Rizal Shrine stands the church where Rizal heard mass every Sunday during his exile in Dapitan, the St. James Church and Catholic Rectory. It is a simple church of unpainted exterior in Baroque-style just like Jimenez’s St. John the Baptist Church. And it also has a touch of Gothic with the two bell towers by the sides of the crucifix just like the only Catholic church in Vietnam that I just recently visited, the St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
This is a smaller and humble church compared with the said cathedral that was built by the Jesuits during the Spanish rule in our country in 1871 to honor the town’s patron saint, St. James the Greater.
The church’s interior is even simpler with a fascinating ceiling of peach-pink and white tiles.
By the way, across the church is the relief map of Mindanao that was also one of the many projects of Dr. Jose Rizal in Dapitan. Nowadays, this serves as a plaza where families get together after mass for the corn, samalamig, and balloons for the kids.