CULION | Immaculate Concepcion Church
An Idyllic Church Perched On A Hilltop
Culion is a scenic silent town that is rich in history, the place itself being part of the Calamianes Group Of Islands in MIMAROPA Region. I was in my day 1 trip to Coron, as expected of any Palawan Trips, I was in for a water fun adventure. Our quick trip to Culion was more of a quick visit before we drop to Banana and Malcapuya Islands, though I was aware of the history of this place, I was brought to a history ride by visiting this humble town that has been famous the world over. After a film showing of Culion's history in the Museum of Archives we went about the town, one of the first edifice that caught my attention is their Church of Immaculate Concepcion.
The church itself was the edifice that we saw from afar when we approach the island in an outrigger boat. Aside from taking a tour of the museum and immersing in the towns history, I was looking forward to visiting the church as it stood proudly on its foundation.
The interior looks nice as it is flooded with natural light filtered through ceiling windows, muted colors, stained glass door arches, that although it was a hot mid day, inside the church is relatively cool. It was also nice that it is open for visitors though there was no ongoing mass.
It was a Friday, we were greeted with curious look from townsfolk and a few students, not to be surprise off, as it seems we were one of the few tourist from Coron who opted to visit the town of Culion when most went into Coron Loop tour. The town is slowly embracing tourism.
Behind the church is actually an old parola along Culion's coastline. From a higher perspective of the church hill top, the coast looks like a full colored post card, ladden with rich green, yellow and blue colors, lush natural foliage of trees and trails and leading to the port below. I could practically sit all day from this watch point and feel the sunshine on my skin without a care to the world.
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A History Of People Fighting For Survival
I was anxious when I first wrote my article about Culion and its history, as is, although in this modern time, there is already a cure for the biblical leprosy, the stigma to this town being that it was once a leper colony lives on. I was glad though that I did the effort, because few days after it, I was approach by one of my office mates who was told by her parents never to visit Culion in her lifetime. Evidently she learned something different from what I wrote, and as I describe to her the efforts of people who dedicated their lives to finding a cure for this disease, and the resiliency of human spirit to battle not only the disease but the feeling of being unwanted. The plight of a leper is to be shunned by people even when they mean the world no harm. I hope that by these little effort, I can put on a beam of light to this curious town of Culion and help it grow like any other places in Palawan, a place worthy of being part of the final frontier that it deserves.
"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted"
- Mother Teresa
I used this quote the last time, thus I make reference to it again as it very much aptly describe what our world does, even on this information age.
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