The decline of Lal-lo is the transformation of Tuguegarao as the most important town in Cagayan. It was accepted as an ecclesiastical mission by the Dominicans in 1604 --- 23 years after the foundation of Lal-lo. Its origins is probably a place called Tubigarao that was listed as a Spanish encomienda in 1591. The first parochial building to be constructed in 1598 is a chapel that became the foundation of what is now the Ermita de Piedra de
San Jacinto. The present chapel is the latest in a process of rebuilding --- beginning in 1724 when it was rebuilt by Fr. Bernabe dela Magdalena (OP) until 1892 when it was destroyed in an earthquake.
Tuguegarao’s larger church --- the Cathedral of San Pedro and
--- was the biggest built by the Spanish in San Pablo and started to be constructed in 1761 by Fr. Antonio Lobato (OP), author of the first Ibanag-Spanish dictionary. The church is what is called as the “main Cagayan style” of Spanish churches in the area that became the influence in the construction of the following churches in Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya: Gamu’s Church of Santa Rosa, Cauayan’s Church of La Virgen del Pilar, Alicia’s Church of Nuestra Senora de Atocha, Bambang’s Church of Catalina de Sienna, Bayombong’s Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and Dupax’s Church of San Vicente Ferrer. Cagayan Valley
, the Tuguegarao architectural influence is most visible in the Santa Ana Church of Buguey --- a sleepy old town along the northern coast of province of Cagayan Luzon. Buguey was established in 1596 as a Dominican ecclesiastical mission. In 1610, the first parochial buildings were started to be built. These were razed by fire in 1732 destroying what was said to be the best library in Cagayan valley during that time. The church and convent were later rebuilt and renovated in 1890 under the supervision of Fr. Juan Gomez (OP). Buguey was derived from the Ibanag word bugay which means “shipwreck”.
The road linking Buguey to Lal-lo (via
) is perhaps the most misnamed superhighway in the world: some 25 kilometers of gravel through unpopulated rolling hills. I thought the “super” in the highway is something close to the NLEX. Don’t believe the map (as I did); take the road via Camalaniugan instead. Magapit Bridge