With the exception of the Franciscans, the missionaries who came to the
Thus is the beginning of most Philippine towns and Philippine history during the Spanish colonial times. The concept of the church or simbahan, however, is not new. Before the god of the Spanish was introduced, early Filipinos already have their own deities or anitos. It does not really matter what the anitos looks like; what is important is the concept and belief in a supreme being. As such, the “natives” have no problems moving from one god to another. When Legazpi came to
CREDITS: Pictures on this posting are taken from Regalado Trota Jose's "Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines (1565-1898)".