This May, the Negros Season of Culture will bring the unique heritage of Negros Occidental to the world, through a series of video documentaries and feature stories on 19th Century Roman Catholic churches in the province of Negros Occidental.
A total of seven churches will be featured in celebration of the 2021 National Heritage Month (NHM) in May, and thus included in the calendar of events of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The project is produced by the NSC.
According to its creative director Alan Gensoli, the video documentaries and feature stories will be individually launched on the website of Negros Season of Culture.
|Santa Maria Magdalena Church of Hinigaran||01 May 2021|
|Our Lady of Peace Church of La Carlota||05 May 2021|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Valladolid||08 May 2021|
|San Sebastian Cathedral of Bacolod||12 May 2021|
|San Isidro Labrador of Binalbagan||15 May 2021|
|St. John the Baptist Church of Bago||19 May 2021|
|Sa Nicolas de Tolentino Church of Talisay||22 May 2021|
A Brief History
Although Christianity was introduced to the island of Negros just shortly after Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in the Philippines in 1565, it took three centuries for churches to be built. This can be attributed to the spiritual administration of Negros where the island was passed on from one religious order to the next, starting with the Augustinians in 1566, to the Recollects in 1622, to the Jesuits in 1638, to the Dominicans in 1769, and then back to the Recollects in 1848.
Much of this was owed to difficulty in converting the locals to Christianity. The few missionaries who were deployed by the orders had to seek them out from up in heavily forested mountains, bring them down to coastal settlements, only for the recruits to return to their dwellings.
Catch the video features every Wednesdays and Saturdays starting May 1.
As an online destination, the Negros Season of Culture is an effort by the Angelica Berrie Foundation and its thrust is to promote the cultural assets of our Negrense heritage and traditions, showcasing the unique identity of the province of Negros Occidental and the talent of its people, the Negrenses. Like and follow us on Facebook @NegrosSeasonOfCulture for more updates. Visit www.negrosseasonofculture.com for more stories on Negrense art and heritage.