The exterior of the Tiwi Church was very-well preserved until recently. The present municipal building built in 1919 had already been renovated by Mayor Naomi Corral in 1990. And now the church.

It was currently undergoing “uglification” when the HCS visited in June. The adobe facade was being plastered with a layer of cement (see the belfry at the top of the facade) with accompanying fake lines. An oversized portico in front of the church was also being constructed, one which would completely ruin the facade. This despite the fact that the Bicol Heritage Program at Aquinas University had already talked to the bishop who agreed that no more old churches would be defaced. Construction was already halted a month before but the parish priest was just too stubborn.

Church of San Lorenzo

  • Location: Tiwi, Albay
  • Completed: 1829
  • Architect: Franciscans
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  • Significance: Old town church of Tiwi, Albay
  • Status: Renovated in June 2006 by Fr. Jun Barquez, Parish Priest