Calamba Church - Laguna

Located in J.P. Rizal corner Mercado Street in the Calamba City in the province of Laguna, Calamba Church is just beside the Rizal Shrine which is the former residence of the National Hero of the Philippines -Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Calamba Church

Calamba Church Details

Calamba Church is also known as the Saint John the Baptist Parish Church. The church was built in 1859 during the Spanish colonial era. The church is known as the place where Dr. Jose P. Rizal was baptized. His original baptismal records have been found in the church archives and have been preserved and refurbished.

Calamba Church - Calamba City, Laguna

Calamba Church facade

Calamba Church facade as seen from the side

Throughout time, the church has survived countless earthquakes and typhoons however, it has no power over the destruction brought by man. Calamba Church, along with most of the houses of its parishioners, was burned by the Japanese during the Second World War. Several years later, Fr. Eliseo Dimaculangan would head the reconstruction of the church. To date, the church has undergone several reconstructions and renovations. 

Calamba Church interior

Calamba Church altar

Calamba Church baptismal font
Exact site where Dr. Jose Rizal was baptized

Dr. Rizal's baptismal records.

What I like about Calamba Church is the replica of the Garden of Gethsemane complete with life-size statues depicting the religious events that happened in the garden. The church has become one of the most visited churches in Laguna during the Holy Week. So if you're planning to visit, keep in mind that you need to come early because the main problem that you'd face would be looking for a parking space.

Calamba Church Entrance Fee

It's FREE to enter Calamba Church and explore its grounds.

Calamba Church Mass Schedule

Saturday: 8AM - 9AM (FB Live)
Sunday: 5:15 - 6:15AM / 7AM - 8AM / 8:30AM - 9:30AM / 10AM - 11AM (FB Live)

Why visit Calamba Church?

Calamba Church is one of the historic churches of Laguna. It is a must-visit if you are on a pilgrimage or Visita Iglesia in the province of Laguna. When visiting the Calamba Church don't forget to check out the baptismal area of the church where Dr. Jose Rizal was baptized

Getting to Calamba Church:

From Manila (Pasay City to be exact), board a bus heading to Calamba City. Once you reach the Calamba Central Terminal, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off in front of the church.

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