Collection of Catholic Religious Chalkware in Marinduque

During this pandemic and home quarantine, people are stuck in their homes have time  to reflect and pray. An FB friend and also a member of the religious group send some photos and recounted the tales of their cherish Catholic religious statues made from chalkware or eskayola/ escayola.


Marian statues and religious chalkware ( photo courtesy of Mr. Arwin Jones Epa)

Collection of Catholic Religious Chalkware

Mr. Arwin Jones Epa’s family who hails from Boac, Marinduque shared in his FB post on their collection of Catholic religious chalkware.

Most of their Catholic religious statues were handed down from his grandmother and parents. His father was Social Studies ” Araling Panlipunan” teacher and serves as the local town’s historian recounted that most of the chalkware were bought from peddlers from Pampanga, purchased from Catholic Trade in Tayuman, Manila and elsewhere.


Our Lady of Caysasay made from eskayola – is one of the cherished religious statues by the family

There were at least 50 to 60 Catholic religious chalkware, among the oldest was Our Lady of Caysasay made in 1954, Christ the King purchased from Catholic Trade in 1955.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Among the cherish collection is the Our Lady of Perpetual Help inside a wooden container ” Urna“.

He hopes to preserve the religious chalkware statues and sharing some his their family heirloom collection.


Different Marian statues at the 7th Marian Exhibit within Santuario de San Pedro Bautista

More than 90 Marian images, portraits and life size statues of Blessed Virgin Mary were on exhibit at the 7th Marian Exhibition within the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista church in San Francisco del Monte district within Quezon City.

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The church is also known as San Francisco del Monte Church which was established in 1590.

historical marker

historical marker

This is the oldest part and most historic part of the city and there are still some old ancestral houses, mid-modern turn of the century houses and buildings which dotted the district.

church facade

present day church main facade


old facade and entrance to the church – This was before the church was enlarged in the early 1990’s


The area once covered an area of about 250 hectares which is thickly wooded, eight water springs, creeks are located. According to old time residents of San Francisco del Monte, they used to get their potable drinking water from the deep wells within the church. Jeepney and residents of the place would also refer this area as Frisco.

7th Marian Exhibit

7th Marian exhibit is within the parish church. There were friendly parishioners, staff and guardians of the sacred Marian images who would guide those visiting the exhibit. Some would also tell the stories of their venerated statues.

Our Lady of the Barangay

Our Lady of the Barangay ,Nuestra Señora de Barangay, Bihen Sang Barangay or Birhen sa Barangay is a title given to virgin mary which wears a native balintawak dress holding a baby jesus with rosary.

Some Catholics thought that this was a representation of the Virgin Mary from the Aglipayan church.

Santa Maria Siempre Virgen statue

Regina Virginum

Regina Virginum

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Calvario

Santa Maria Madre de Dios

Santa Maria Madre de Dios – owned by the family of Mr. Robby Villano dela Vega.

The statue is a late 19th century vintage from the Visayas. It was formerly from the collection of Mr. Alex M. Castro of Mabalacat, Pampanga before the statue was given to him as a gift by Mr. Castro in 2006. The statue’s face was restored sometime in 2006.
She serves as the Virgen delas Flores during the Mayflower festivities in the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Meycauayan City, Bulacan province.

This statue of the blessed virgin mary caught everyone’s attention because of the her beautiful face and hands  ( presumably made from ivory) with necklaces made from ivory too.

This vigin mary inside a wooden urna with carabao bone inlay is also presumed to be made from ivory too.

Marian images

Exhibit hours will be from 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN and 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The 7th Marian Exhibit will be until August 4, 2019.

Notes: Any donations for the various projects of the parish is accepted at the parish office or donation boxes at the exhibit area.

How to Commute: Taking a jeepney ride is the most reasonable. there are many routes which ply near San Pedro de Bautista street or near Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City.

1.) Project 8 via Roosevelt Avenue to Quiapo ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds -stoplight

2.) Via Muñoz Market to Quiapo  ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds- stoplight

3.) Balintawak to Frisco ( take off at San Pedro Pedro de Bautista street-arko )

4.) Blumentritt to Muñoz market ( take off at San Pedro de Bautista street -arko)

6 Important Galleries at Museo de Intramuros

Museo de Intramuros had been officially open to the public last April 29, 2019 with Department of Tourism secretary Ms. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, former Department of Tourism secretary Gemma Cruz – Araneta, Miss Universe 1973 Maria Margarita Moran among others in attendance.


The museum is managed by the Intramuros Administration (IA), which is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Museo de Intramuros is located in two important reconstructions inside the walled city. the San Ignacio Church and Convent and the Mission House of the Society of Jesus.

The in-house exhibition were curated by Ms. Esperanza Gatbonton, Mr. Gino Gonzales, Ms. Cecilia dela Paz, Ms. Santiago Pilar and Mr. Martin Tinio.

Immaculate Conception statues which dates from late 17th to 19th century

processional carriage

6 Galleries or Exhibition Area

Museo de Intramuros have six sections or galleries : the Immaculate Conception, the Religious Order, the Patronato Real and establishments of Parishes, Religious Colonial Paintings, the establishment of parish and sacred vessels, and The Indio Response. Throughout these sections, you will be able to find different kinds of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and antique items from hundreds of years ago.

The religious order room


The public is also advise not to sit and touch the statues within the exhibit area. Observe silence and proper guidelines.

Patronato Real and Establishment of Parishes

religious paintings


urna with 4 saint painted on sides


This statue is one of the crown jewels of the Intramuros administration. The statue is taken out during the annual marian procession.

The museum has over 7,500 pieces which were accumulated for 40 years from different parts of the country.

different kinds of silver works and ecclesiastic arts

The Museo de Intramuros is located in the reconstructions of San Ignacio Church and the Mission House of the Society of Jesus in Intramuros.

gallery an timeline of intramuros

Manila Cathedral

Las Casas de Dios

It officially opened last week and the entrance is currently free (and will be free for the first six months).

Address:  Arzobispo street corner Anda Street, Intramuros, Manila, 1002

Operation: Tuesday to Sunday

Operational Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Special Thanks- Mr. Dino Santos ( curator) and Ms. Sandra Martinez ( Intramuros Administration for the accommodation.


Amazing Array of Religious Images Collection in Quezon City Part 1

Amazing and extensive collections would greet any visitors or friends who had been invited to visit at the husband and wife house within the heart of Quezon City’s entertainment and restaurant district.


century-old altar table with intricate carvings and details

Mesa de Altar

They had their own special places atop altar tables ( mesa de altar) –which became a standard piece of furniture in the homes of Filipino- Catholic families. They are  called commodas. These furniture pieces also double as functional storage space.

Most commodes had marble tops, with some were fitted with pairs of doors, the trend have started in France during the middle part of the 17th century and gradually spread to Europe and the colonies.

The altar table have influences of Chinese, Portuguese, Mexican and Spanish. Most preferred are the hardwood made from narra, ebony, yakal or kamagong wood.


wooden religious statues and images

They have extensive collection, some of which are family heirloom pieces handed down by their parents and collected for more than 50 years !  That was before the great Typhoon Ketsana ( ONDOY ) hit Metro Manila and inundated almost all their books, wooden items, figurines and among other stuff.

The first floor was badly flooded and they have to throw away at least 1 small truckload of those item. Some small items were stolen by the people that they have hired during the cleaning process.


several religious wooden statues and trophies

But what remained are still amazing to behold and treasure. Some were gifts from their friends , family and love ones. The couple are also visual artists, philanthropist plant lovers at heart.


primitive looking religious containers or urnas ( left- Saint Joseph with child jesus. right- Saint Micheal the Archangel ) These are about a century -old, family heirloom pieces inherited from their parents.

 Religious Containers

The start of the Spanish colonial era in the late-16th century. Catholic religious images made from local hardwood, softwood, elephant ivory became common. The more elaborate wooden images and ivory faced images are usually reserve for the church and the rich families who can afford these items. The religious images are richly embroidered with gold thread and decorated with diamantes and semi-precious stones with silver or copper aureole.


Santo Niño ( possibly carved from elephant ivory with beaten silver crown and pedestal)

Some images made from ivory and other materials are also imported from other religious centers like Macao, Goa ( India), Spain, Portugal and even Mexico.

The common people also have their simple carved wooden religious statues made from other wooden materials. Some preferred batikuling, santol, langka ( jackfruit), yakal.


l-r Our lady of Antipolo, Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Conception, Santo Niño , Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Lourdes

The collector friend had amass 3 religious altar table and 5 religious URNAS.

Note: ( for the purpose of their safety and privacy- The author prefers not to name the collector friend who prefers to be anonymous).




Visit to Parokya ng San Jose Esposo de Maria


Parokya ng San Jose Esposo de Maria facade

Parokya ng San Jose Esposo de Maria parish was establish a little over a century ago.


The church was enlarged several times and its current structure is a combination of modern and old architectural styles. The facade of the church had adobe stones.


main altar

The parish had a small plaza and the side altar boast of several century-old religious statues of Saint Joseph, Mother Mary and the holy family.


The main altar boast of several large and life sized statues of the town’s patron saint.


century-old child jesus and saint joseph religious statues

There were some burglary attempts in the past, that targeted some old religious statues inside the church.


religious tableu depicting the life of saint joseph

But somehow, the religious statues were returned unscathed.  Some local would attribute these incidents as miracles.

Our immediate recommendation is for some kind hearten individual or company to help sponsor the installation of a cctv devise within the church.


This church is popular among local families of San Miguel as site of wedding place.


There is also a small side chapel where several large religious icons are displayed for veneration of the general public.


large gothic style urna

Urna vaguely translated into “house shrine,” or a delicately carved wooden housing for santos, or religious icons. These wooden containers are considered part of the religious heritage introduced by the Spaniards in the late 16th century.


religious statue of mother mary


immaculate conception statue

Parokya ng San Jose Esposo de Maria Facebook Page:

Address: Norberto Street, San Jose, San Miguel, 3011

Landline: (044) 764-04-79


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