At Bulan the Second Time Around

The Sorsogon town of Bulan is the first place in Bicolandia that I ever set my feet on. A big ship brought me to this town in my first visit. For my second visit, a passenger boat brought me from Masbate City to Bulan.

It is evening when we reached Bulan after the long and noisy travel aboard Kulafu. I am glad to stand on solid ground again. It is good that our guide in Bulan bid us to stay in his house. At least we are spared from looking for a hotel after the exhausting sea voyage.

Nothing changed much in Bulan since my last visit. Jollibee is still the only fast food restaurant in the town. The noisy market is still there. The only change that is noticeable is the pier of Bulan. The old pier was demolished and was replaced by a new one.
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Port of Bulan, Bicolandia
The improved pier of Bulan, Sorsogon.
The sea was calm during my stay in Bulan. The wind was still but the days were hot. It is still a perfect day to do my work. I prefer the sun than the rain when I am outside of the office.
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Calm sea and sky of Bulan, Bicolandia
Calm sea and sky of Bulan.
Bulan is strategically located near the tip Bicolandia peninsula. The town is an important port for vessels going to Masbate and Ticao Islands. The poblacion of Bulan is small because the whole town is still dominated by trees and farms. This means that the air in Bulan is still not that polluted.
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Poblacion of Bulan, Bicolandia
The small poblacion of Bulan.

I only visited two places in Bulan. One is the Sabang Park and Beach Resort, which I will talk about later. The other is the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church or more popularly known as the Bulan Church. According to Dennis Lizano of Historical Bulan blog, Bulan Church is the biggest parochial church in the whole Bicolandia.
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Bulan Church in Bicolandia


Most notable landmark of Bulan Church is the reproduction of the Pieta.
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Pieta at Bulan Church, Bicolandia


Bulan Church is truly big. It even has an altar on the side for masses for small group of people. I think that this church is old but I can't find a plaque or monument saying its date of establishment. Its belfry is fairly new because it was erected in May 2000.
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Altar of Bulan Church in Bicolandia


I attended the Holy Mass in the early evening. It all went well because I memorized the flow of the Holy Mass so I could still get the gist of it even if the priest was speaking in Bicolano. The only parts that I didn't understand are the readings and the homily.

Bulan Church is plain since it lacks the complicated designs that can be found in other Catholic churches. But, it doesn't mean that Bulan Church is not beautiful. This photo from Flickr shows a good shot of Bulan Church. What disappoints me is that the church is dusty. The image of Mama Mary and other saints are covered in dust. I hope that the parishioners of Bulan Church become more active in cleaning their church.

10 comments:

  1. love those shots galing ganada lalo ung sa pier

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  2. Maraming salamat sa iyong papuri MeCoy.

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  3. ang ganda naman ng loob ng simbahan Ish.. sana mapuntahan ko rin ito someday...

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  4. Lovely writeup! Sorsogon is beautiful! :) Looking forward to your future posts!

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  5. My town's a lot bigger...but oooo...I love the church. So beautiful and so nice inside.

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  6. The place looks great :)

    I have never been to Sorsogon but the place reminded me of Tagaytay. Well, the church part. :)

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  7. Ang laki ng Bulan Church. Pero sana lang linisin nila at i maintain.

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  8. Bluedreamer

    Lumabas kasi ng Cavite para makagala ka nang malayo at para mapuntahan mo din itong Bulan. :-)

    Wander Shugah

    Thank you very much for the visit. I have more posts about Bicolandia. So please watch out.

    Suitapui

    Yeah. Bulan Church is beautiful. It only needs a sort of "general cleaning".

    Grysh Co

    Is Bulan Church a look-alike of a church in Tagaytay? That got me interested. I want to see that church. ^_^

    Anney

    'Yun nga po ang wish ko.

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  9. I like the first picture! Nice church : )

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  10. The church is indeed nice Foong but it needs a lot of cleaning.

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