Carcar celebrates the feast of their patron saint Sta. Catalina every 25th of November in a colorful and religious way. In recent years, aside from the usual religious procession, they also have a street parade called the Kabkaban. Well, we missed all of it since our trip was scheduled a day AFTER the celebrations.
I knew about St. Catherine a long time ago as her death(beheading) stirred my curiosity as a young Christian. (read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Catherine_of_Alexandria)Also, back in high school, we did hear about a girl’s school down south – St. Catherine’s. So now that we are finally in Carcar, I did not hesitate to visit their parish church.
The church was made in 1859 and was finished several years after. It combines Islamic, Graeco – Romano and Neoclassical architecture. Note the onion – shaped minarets. This type of architecture is very rare in Cebu churches.To me, it all has a nice unpolished provencal feel to it.
I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend in Carcar. The pool party in Valladolid, the shopping for shoes (more in a separate article) and visiting the old heritage sites. After living in this island for 3 decades, I wonder what took me so long to explore.