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Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church (Pililla, Rizal)

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Country  Philippines
Founded  1583
Opened  1583
Status  Parish church
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Functional status  Active
Phone  +63 6544836
Dedication  Mary Magdalene
Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church (Pililla, Rizal)
Location  Brgy. Imatong, Pililla 1910 Rizal
Founder(s)  Fr. Juan de Plasencia and Fr. Diego Oropesa
Address  Pililla, Rizal, Philippines
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St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church (Filipino: Parokya ni Santa Maria Magdalena and Simbahan ng Pililla) is a Roman Catholic Church located in the municipality of Pillila, Province of Rizal, Philippines. The church was built by the Franciscans in 1583, under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. It is a few kilometers away from San Ildefonso Parish Church, a historical church in Tanay.


On January 16, 1977, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines unveiled the historical marker of St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church.


In 1571, the Spaniards conquered and inhabited the towns along Laguna de Bay. Prior to Spanish colonization, Pililla was named Pilang Munti. It was incorporated to the administration of Morong and was named Pilang Morong.

The Franciscan priests led by Fr. Diego de Oropesa and Fr. Juan de Plasencia arrived at Pilang Morong in 1572. As part of the established reducciones system, the Franciscans built the first church made from cogon and nipa in 1583. When Pilang Morong was given autonomy in 1599, the central government granted an authorization to construct a church of stone.

In 1632, a conflagration destroyed the church and the whole town. When a new church was built, another destruction by fire ruined the church in 1668. A new church was immediately completed between 1670 and 1673. Renovation of the church altar and the adjacent convent were completed in 1848. Several renovation projects were also completed between 1962 and 1976.


The church is made of adobe, similar to other churches in Laguna. The fa├žade and belfry of the church are simple in design. The Baptistery is located at the bottom of the bell tower, on the left side from the vestibule of the church. A small retablo housing the image of St. Mary Magdalene can be found inside the baptistery.


Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church (Pililla, Rizal) Wikipedia

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