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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Daraga, Albay, Philippines

Our wedding anniversary is coming up  so I am featuring the church where we got married for the second time.  The Lady of the Gate Parish is located in Daraga, Albay.  It's one of the many catholic churches in Bicol Region/Albay Province.  
Sorry for the  poor quality of photos, I scanned them in our printer.
Below is a clear picture that I borrowed from panoramio.com/photo/6423097
Daraga, Albay-Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church
Below is a history of the origin of the place's name.

According to Wikepedia ,  the  early settlers of Daraga were traders. The name Daraga came from a kind of tree that grew in abundance in the hill where now stands the Catholic Church with Baroque architecture.

Development

The word "Daraga" historically refers to a maiden – it is the local term for an unmarried woman, not only in the municipality of Daraga, but in the entire Bicol Region. The original settlement of Daraga dates back to 12th century, but it has changed location repeatedly due to the constant threats posed by Mayon Volcano, adopting the names Budiao, Cagsawa, and finally, Daraga.

Daraga evolved to be progressive and prosperous in economy, eventually becoming a first class municipality. The town economy, originally agriculture-based, has rapidly transformed into an eclectic emerging urban system, enjoying the economic opportunities of being located contiguously with the urban center of Legazpi City. It draws trade relations with the island province of Masbate through the nearby Port of Pilar. It is strategically located along the Maharlika Highway, making it accessible from Manila and the Visayas, as well as the other municipalities of eastern Bicol Peninsula.
Happy 9th Anniversary to my DH.
 


30 travelers' comments:

sexyjessie said...

Happy wedding anniversary, sweetheart.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

What an amazing church! You made a beauitiful bride.

Reader Wil said...

What a beautiful church! Thank you for its history! Happy anniversary! May your marriage continue to be a happy one.
Wil, ABC Team.

Lmkazmierczak said...

What an interesting looking church♫ Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary♪

Roger Owen Green said...

Happy bit of history.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

Very beautiful, you and the church.

joanne said...

the last photo clearly shows what a fascinating structure this church is...and interesting commentary....

Olivia said...

Pretty in your wedding dress! Happy Pink Saturday!!!
xo
Olivia

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Beautiful bride! I just enjoy looking at wedding photos. Happy Anniversary to you both!

Linda M. said...

Happy Anniversary to you both and Happy Pink Saturday! The church is beautiful and your wedding party looks beautiful too. Joyous Wishes, Linda

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Happy Anniversary to you!!! Are you Visayan? So am I! :) Thank you for your visit to my Pink! :) Wishing you a most lovely weekend!


XOXO's
Jessie

Meghan @ Domestic Sugar said...

Oh yay! Beautiful photos, Happy Anniversary!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Happy Anniversary! What an enchanting place to be married! You were a beautiful bride.
Cindy

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

What a beautiful wedding party! And that church is awesome! Happy Pink Saturday!

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

PS Happy Anniversary too!

Leovi said...

Magnificent photos full of tenderness and love.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Happy Anniversay. Love the photos and the church looks quite beautiful. Diane

tablescapesbybev said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love all of the dresses and yours as well. Happy Anniversary!

DearHelenHartman said...

You made a breathtaking bride and the church is just lovely. Happy Anniversary.

Ralph said...

How nice - we look at our wedding scans often, as we are nut just married but best friends too. Nice!

momgen said...

Happy wedding anniversary..You two look great and cute...Visiting from PS!

Mine is here

The French Hutch said...

Happy Anniversary! Your wedding photographs are beautiful………….
HPS…….

~Emily
The French Hutch

Dorothy said...

Happy Anniversary!! What gorgeous wedding photos and a beautiful Bride you were (and still are!) I enjoyed your photos so much, I hope you are having a wonderful anniversary!!
~~Dorothy~~

Chubby Chieque said...

A great moment to remember. Congrats for the 9th year...

GB and wishes you both, more years to come. Tuladan mo systah mos, soon mag- 24th kami... Ahhh... love weddings.

Miss u,
/Chie

Jane Valentine said...

How Romantic! The building is gorgeous and the history to match. May God bless you with many more years together.

Chie Wilks said...

This is such a lovely memory to look back. you have a really lovely wedding sis. Happy anniversary to you both.

Jann Olson said...

Very beautiful Rose. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby. We just celebrated our 40th on the 4th.
Hugs,
Jann

lorik said...

Lovely photos of a happy moment. The rings have a perfect setting - orange petals. Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Liza said...

Happy Anniversary! Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ YACB

Rebecca said...

Happy anniversary sweet friend. Such beautiful pictures of beautiful people on a beautiful day. Blessings to you both...lovely family!

xoRebecca

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