Tanjay Things to Do
The church of St. James the Greater stands in the centre of Tanjay and is a very imposing structure with it's own convent in the grounds. My ecclesiastical knowledge is limited, to say the least, but a little research indicates that the Saint is believed to have miraculously aided the Spaniards in a battle with the Moors in the 16th century. This probably explains the somewhat martial pose of him on the roof statue. The vent is commemorated every year on 23rd / 24th July when a symbolic re-enactment called a Sinulog, is held.
The church is large and pleasantly airy although unremarkable. I was particularly taken with the stations of the cross which are wood carved. You can see an example in the attached images.
The grounds contain a grotto to the Virgin Mary and a statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila. He is the pious looking gentleman with the rosary pictured and was the first Philippino saint and the first person to be beatified outside the Vatican. Born in 1600, he was sent as a Christian missionary to Japan in 1636 where persecution of Christians was rife. Tortured for over a year by the Japanese, he and his colleagues were eventually murdered in 1637 in a pretty gruesome manner. Refusing to recant hs faith, Ruiz said, "I will never do it. I am a Catholic and happy to die for God. If I have a thousand lives to offer, I will offer them to God."Related to:
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