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San Pedro Cathedral (Oldest Church in Davao)

San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

San Pedro Cathedral (Oldest Church in Davao)

San Pedro Cathedral is considered to be the oldest church in the city (or the site where remnants of the old structure was built), prominently located at the corner of San Pedro Street and C.M.Recto Avenue.  Named after Saint Peter, the patron saint, it was said to be built in 1847 by Don Jose Oyanguren, the Spanish conquistador who later become the first governor of Davao region.

The church’s old altar is still preserved at the right wing where old statues of saints are placed.  This is also where the bell tower stands, along with other notable sculptures outside (Blessed Virgin Mary, Ten Commandments and Pieta statues).

The cathedral was rebuilt in the 70s by renowned Architect Manuel Chiew and its façade or dome is said to be inspired by Noah’s Ark.  I will also scan old photos of the cathedral in the 70s during my parent’s wedding. 🙂

Meanwhile enjoy my photos in and around the famous church.

Facade of San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

Facade of San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

 

Interiors of San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

Interiors of San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

 

San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

San Pedro Cathedral by Jojie Alcantara

 

San Pedro Cathedral facing the Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity

San Pedro Cathedral facing the Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity

 

San Pedro Cathedral and Bell Tower by Jojie Alcantara

San Pedro Cathedral and Bell Tower by Jojie Alcantara

If you have photos of the old San Pedro Cathedral during the 60s and 70s, you can send them to me and will gladly post them with credits. 🙂

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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