Saint James, son of Zebedee (d. AD 44) was one of the disciples of Jesus. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the Evangelist. He is called Saint James the Greater to distinguish him from the other apostle named James (James, son of Alphaeus). James is described as one of the first disciples to join Jesus. The Synoptic Gospels state that James and John were with their father by the seashore when Jesus called them to begin traveling (Mt.4:21-22, Mk.1:19-20). According to Mark, James and John were called Boanerges, or the "Sons of Thunder" (3:17). Acts of the Apostles 12:1-2 records that King Herod had James executed by sword (Ac.12:1-2).
~ info from Wikipedia
James is the patron saint of hatmakers, rheumatoid sufferers, and laborers.
~ info from catholoc.org
In as much as the sound of humming of the birds refreshes my soul, I can't help but be sad with the current state of neglect of this church. Aside from growing vegetation, we saw this huge bird's nest carefully built over one of the church's spot lights. There's also an unpleasant odour here that I could not distinguish. I hope they keep the place clean and spotless all the time :0(
This little church needs a bit more love and care. The walls are covered with moss and growing trees. I must say that these vegetations add more character to the architecture but I'm afraid of the damage it will create to this very old structure.
See the tree growing over one of it's windows? I'm afraid it is an Ipil-Ipil tree. It is a huge one when fully grown.
Wherever you go in Cagayan, you will surely visit old churches. Iguig is no exception, the church here was built in 1765 to 1787. According to our van driver, the old bell used to hang from the old tree outside the church yard. Due to the recent stories of stealing of old bells (like the one in Nassiping), the people of Iguig decided to transfer the bell to the tower next to the church.
Iguig Calvary Hills & Parish of St. James the Greater (San Antonio de Galicia)
Located about 16 kilometers from Tuguegarao City. In the 11-hectare rolling hills are the larger-than-life-size concrete 14 Stations of the Cross depicting Jesus Christ’s suffering before his death at Mount Calvary. The statues were completed in 1982. The place also features a three centuries old well, Dominican convent ruins, and the prosaic view of the Cagayan River which resembles that of the River Jordan. Built of concentric bricks, the church has buttresses, one of the very few left in the country.