Lucban Church - Quezon

Located in the town of Lucban in the province of Quezon, Lucban Church is one of the Spanish colonial churches in the Philippines.

Lucban Church

Lucban Church history

Lucban Church is also known as San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church of Saint Louis of Toulouse Parish Church. It was built in 1595 under the term of Father Miguel de Talavera. 

Lucban Church - Lucban, Quezon

Like most, if not all, of the early churches it was also built using only light materials like wood and nipa. Due to these materials, Father Time, and Mother Nature this "first church" structure fell apart and was destroyed in 1629.

The beautifully stained glass panel in the facade

Lucban Church facade

Lucban Church bell tower

A second church was immediately built of a different location (which is its present-day location). This time, stone and nipa were used to build it. It took almost a decade (from 1630 -1640) for it to be finished. A convent was also built and was finished in 1650. The nipa roof was then upgraded to tiles in 1683 under the supervision of Father Francisco Huerta.

Lucban Church NHI marker

Lucban Church altar

Inside Lucban Church during mass

Sadly, fire gutted the church in 1733 but the pious locals under the leadership of Father Pascual Martinez quickly started construction of the third church, the present one, which was completed in 1738. The convent, on the other hand, was completed in 1743. Throughout history, Lucban Church would face more damages done by both man and Mother Nature. It was partially damaged by a bomb during World War 2 and by Typhoon Glenda in July 2014.

Another view of the altar of Lucban Church

Like most of the Spanish colonial churches, Lucban Church is also built using the Baroque style of architecture. It has a three-story facade that features semi-circular windows flanked by Corinthian columns and niches containing statues of saints. Like its facade, it also has a three-story belltower with an octagonal shape.

The baptismal font of Lucban Church

Lucban Church is famously known as the starting point of the procession during the San Isidro Pahiyas Festival every 15th of May.

The side of the church

I got to visit Lucban Church with my co-teachers during our road trip to Quezon this year. It was a Sunday then and the church was really full of faithful churchgoers. I highly suggest that if you're just passing through the town, avoid Sundays as it is very traffic. 

The Backpack Adventures visits Lucban Church

Lucban Church Entrance Fee

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

Lucban Church Mass Schedule

Monday - Friday: 6AM - 7AM / 5:15 - 6:15PM
Saturday: 6AM -7AM / 6PM -7PM (anticipated mass)
Sunday: 6AM-7AM / 8AM -9AM / 3PM - 4PM / 5PM - 6PM (Tagalog) / 7PM-8PM

Why visit Lucban Church

Lucban Church is a perfect destination if you're planning to visit only Spanish colonial churches in the province of Quezon this coming Holy Week. It also serves as a tourist destination, if you want to see historic structures in Lucban

Getting to Lucban Church: 

From Pasay City, ride a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. From there, you can ride either a bus or jeepney to the town of Lucban. Tell the driver to drop you off at the place nearest the church.

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