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Title Religious Infrastructure and Colonial Evangelization: The Case of Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental from 1887-1935.
Posted by Jay Rome De Los Santos
Authors Jay Rome O. de los Santos
Publication date 2015/8
Conference National Conference on Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day
Abstract Aside from presenting the common notion of colonial evangelization and discussing the narratives on how the church was constructed, this study is also concentrated on the ways and effectiveness of the evangelizing strategy of the missionaries during the Spanish colonial period. Thus, this study primarily explored the importance of religious structure and architecture to the missionaries as part of their evangelizing strategy. By conducting archival research, gathering primary and secondary sources, the researcher found out that the construction of Immaculate Conception Parish Church was participated not only by the missionaries but also with the efforts and hard work of the local residents of Jasaan. Most importantly, the researcher found out that church structure and its architecture was very essential as it was effectively used by the missionaries as a tool for propagating and upholding the Catholic faith. Presently, the church building suffers from structural distress, deterioration and termite destruction. The Church Restoration Program of the parish is now undertaking structural engineering design solutions for the church compatible with conservation principles and techniques.
Index terms / Keywords Architecture, Church, Infrastructure, Evangelization, Jesuit missionary, Restoration