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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About Jojie Alcantara

Jojie Alcantara is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist since 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and stunning images of nature. She is a Getty Image contributor and three time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture. http://about.me/jojiealcantara