Whenever we go to General Mariano Trias to pay the tax on our farm, I never fail to drop by the San Francisco Malabon church, situated just off the town hall and plaza.
I laud the local parish and community for preserving and maintaining the architectural, historical integrity of the church, including its convent.
The church's facade may look quite average, even ordinary, but going inside, one sees the splendor, the antiquity, the beauty of the church, its tiled floor, its stained glass windows and its original altar.
There is a serenity that envelops you the moment you enter the church, when it's not Sunday or during services.
Even the convent has retained its original designed, and there are old paintings that you can enjoy within the convent hall.
One time when we visited, there was even a funeral cortege that entered the church, giving us a taste of how life is in a historic and old town such as General Mariano
It is in this town that, during the rebellion against Spain, the first assault by the Katipuneros took place, when Mariano Trias led his townmates in attacking the town's tribunal.
It is also in the church, where, what would turn out to be the country's national anthem, would first be played, known at that time as "Marcha Nacional Filipina,"
by the town's band known as "Banda de Malabon."
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