Historic Old Recollects Church (Lumang Simbahan) of Sablayan, by National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)

The Lumang Simbahan is located in Poblacion, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. This Old Church was built in its namesake Recollects Parish “Parokya ng Rekoleto” as a church and convent for Nuns made of stone finished with lime or  “Apog” during the leadership of Padre Jacinto Perez de San Agustin in 1861-1866. 



Before Old church being established, old folks believed that the first baptism was accounted under Recollects in a Coastal village of Dungon (currently Brgy. San Nicolas). Dungon during the era is the biggest Pueblo in the whole island of Mindoro. 


But the population of Dungon gradually disappeared due to the attack of the Moro Pirates that effectively wipe out the Town forcing inhabitants transferred to the village of Sablayan, eventually became a Pueblo and Lumang Bayan (currently Bry. Poblacion) as Capital; the 16th century Old Lumang Simbahan is located. 

Old folks still believed that this church has an underground tunnel at the back towards Parola Pressing Park used by the Japanese soldiers during World War II. Today, Parola Pressing Park is where it stands the longest Island to Island Zip-line believed to be in the World.  


Lumang Simbahan suffered from numbers of catastrophic events struck but remained firm and stood still in any test.  Devastated by Tsunami in 1800 and damaged during World War II but beloved organizations and people performed several restorations to restore History and natural beauty. In 2017-2018, Lumang Simbahan underwent restoration by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that put this church on its own map as one of the great treasure of the Philippine History especially to the Island of Mindoro.  





HOW TO GET THERE:

OPTION 1
  • Airline flights available from Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
  • Bumped a Bus or Van to Sablayan for about less than 2 hours travel
  • Stop at Sablayan Bus Terminal
  • From the terminal, ride a Tricycle Driver to Poblacion (Lumang Simbahan)
OPTION 2
  • Find a Bus Terminal available in Alabang, Sampaloc, Pasay & Cubao bound for San Jose, Occidental
  • Stop at Sablayan Bus Terminal
  • From the terminal, ride a Tricycle Driver to Poblacion (Lumang Simbahan)
 OPTION 3
  • Schedule of RORO Ship available daily from Batangas City Pier to Abra Pier
  • in Abra de Ilog Bumped a Bus or Van to Sablayan
  • Stop at Sablayan Bus Terminal
  • From the terminal, ride a Tricycle Driver to Poblacion (Lumang Simbahan)
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