It’s the archdiocese’s dream of restoring grandeur to the landmark of the Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte.

The Lord’s Transfiguration Cathedral – better known as the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral – has been undergoing major renovation work since August of 2010.

Last reconstructed in the early 1960’s, the historic structure has badly needed repair of its roof and ceiling, electrical and communication systems, and major renovation of its sanctuary and belfry.

The renovation project  costs over 25 million pesos under the commission of Filipino architect Gervacio Amistoso.

The major facelifting comes in time when the Archdiocese celebrates its Diamond Jubilee (75th anniversary) as a diocese on November 28, 2012.

Photos taken on January 25, 2012:

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Year 2011 was no doubt a year for photo enthusiasts. With an unprecedented growth in sales of DSLR’s and mobile phones, tablets and computers with digital cameras, I doubt if there ever was any other time in mankind’s history when there were just as many people snapping away photos all the time.

Looking back at the year just passed, still nursing a hangover of the holidays, I was struck with the number of subjects I was able to cover – from birding to weddings and beauty tilts to travel destinations; from the time I had a glaucoma attack and subsequent laser procedure down to baby pictures and awesome adventure rides and treks in far-flung areas.

Thus I decided to compile my favorites and share them with you for a brief replay of gerryruiz images of 2011.

I hope you like it. Cheers!

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Had the chance to pass by recently and take snap shots of San Agustin Church in the old, historic “walled city” of Intramuros in Manila.

The San Agustin Church, a Roman Catholic church built in 1607 during the Spanish colonial period, is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines.

The church was one of four Philippine churches designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, under the classification “Baroque Churches of the Philippines”.

It was named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976. [Source: Wikipedia]

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Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. It is located along General Luna St. and at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco district, City of Manila.

It was where Dr. José P. Rizal was interred after his execution at Bagumbayan.

It’s also the final resting place of the three Filipino martyr priests, Jose Burgos, Mario Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, who were executed by the Spanish in 1872.

The park was converted into a national park in 1966. Paco Park’s grandeur was slowly restored after the war and since then has remained as a public park and promenade for many young couples who could spend quiet moments along the park’s benches and private alcoves.

It is also a popular venue nowadays for weddings, debuts, birthday parties and small-sized intimate musical concerts.

I have been to Paco Park on several occasions.

I never had the chance, though, to take good photographs of the place.

Specially with a model.

Until last week.

It was really a great opportunity we had when one of our favorite models told us she was available for a shoot at one of the old landmarks of Manila – a cemetery at that.

Thanks to Jinggay Lantajo de la Cruz (Model/Stylist/HMUA) for the instant photoshoot!

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