Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church (Siniloan)

Siniloan Church
Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church

Facade of Siniloan Church
Siniloan Church
Republic of the Philippines
14°25′19″N 121°26′46″E / 14.421999°N 121.446129°E / 14.421999; 121.446129Coordinates: 14°25′19″N 121°26′46″E / 14.421999°N 121.446129°E / 14.421999; 121.446129
Location Paete-Pakil-Famy Diversion Rd., Bagumbarangay, Siniloan, Laguna
Country Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1604
Dedication Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Father Melchor de San Antonio
Architectural type Church building
Groundbreaking 1733
Completed 1739
Archdiocese Manila
Diocese San Pablo
Province Manila
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Bishop(s) Buenaventura M. Famadico
Priest(s) Rolando M. Abarca

The Siniloan Church or Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church is the only Roman catholic church in the municipality of Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines under the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo. Its titular is Saint Peter and Saint Paul whose feast falls every June 29. The current parish priest is Father Rolando M. Abarca.[1]

Church history

Siniloan was established as a reduccion by Father Juan de la Plasencia and Father Diego de Oropeza in 1579 and was formalized in 1583 as Guilinguiling.[2] The first church of Siniloan, based on the records of Huerta, was dedicated to the Our Lady of Purification (Purificacion de Nuestra Señora).[3] In 1599, the supreme government allowed the establishment of a stone church. In 1604, the church was placed under the advocacy of Saints Peter and Paul. The present church was built from 1733 to 1739 under the term of Father Melchor de San Antonio. At that time, location north of the church is a small chapel dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the martyr.[3] It was heavily damaged during the 1880 Luzon earthquakes[4] and was rebuilt from 1890 to 1898. Another earthquake in 1937 damaged the church. Due to its restoration, the church practically has no more traces of its classical and Spanish style. For its quadricentennial anniversary in 2004, the church was reconstructed, modernized and remodeled as twice the size of the previous church under Msgr. Mario Rafael M. Castillo's term. The inauguration and solemn blessing of the newly constructed church was held on November 20, 2004 officiated by the then Bishop of San Pablo, Most. Rev. Leo M. Drona, SDB.


  1. "General Reshuffle: Diocese of San Pablo". The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. Huerta 1865, p. 130
  3. 1 2 Huerta 1865, p. 131
  4. "American Journal of Science - Art.V. The earthquake of the Philippine Islands, July 1880", pp.52–57.


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