Pampanga’s oldest and biggest church has been declared an “Important Cultural Property” (ICP) by the National Museum.
Carmencita de los Mariano, National Museum Cultural Heritage Preservation Section head, said that the 441-year-old Saint Augustine Parish Church in Lubao was made an ICP for its “significant” architectural designs.
“The church qualified for the distinction because of its significant architectural designs and its simple and solemn retablo,” Mariano said.
The National Museum awarded town and church officials a certificate declaring the church an ICP.
Built in 1572 by Augustinian friars out of indigenous wood, bamboo, and thatched nipa, the church was originally located in Barangay Santa Catalina.
But because of the yearly floods that swept the village, it was transferred to its present site near Lubao’s municipal hall in 1602.
According to the National Museum, it was Father Antonio Herrera, an Augustinian priest and architect, who led the construction of the church from 1614 to 1630 out of locally made bricks and sand mixed in egg albumen provided by Lubao residents.