Saturday, May 16, 2015

DAVAO DEL NORTE

            I got invited by the Tagum clergy to give them a talk  regarding the canonical and pastoral functions and duties  of the parish priests and parochial vicars as part of their ongoing formation. Although the talks were given at the Rivier Retreat House in Davao City, I asked the organizers if I could visit Tagum since it has been about twenty years since I have been there.  Tagum was not yet a city then. We first visited the newly constructed retirement home of the clergy of the Diocese of Tagum. Then we went to visit their new Cathedral and the former Cathedral which was also renovated.  Since, Tagum was the host for the Palarong Pambansa that year, we also passed by to see the final preparations they were doing at the Athletic grounds.  On our way back to Davao we were able to pass by the church of Panabo. 





On the way to Tagum City from Davao one is met with these beautiful palm trees lined along the streets. 




The unfinished City hall of Tagum which is rapidly deteriorating. 






The Athletic grounds of the province which was being readied for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa. 


The olympic-size swimming pool of the province. 







CHRIST THE KING CATHEDRAL
Diocese of Tagum
Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Founded: 2001 as Parish

This new Cathedral was solemnly consecrated and dedicated on October 11, 2005 on the occasion of the Silver anniversary of Tagum as a diocese. 






At the side of the Cathedral are found the Stations of the Cross. 

At the back of the Cathedral is this giant-size statue of the Sacred Heart with the beads of the Holy Rosary in front of it. 

The back part of the Cathedral houses the Rectory. 

The Holy Rosary Garden with the image of the Sacred Heart as seen from the Rectory. 



CHRIST THE EUCHARISTIC KING PARISH
Tagum City
Founded: 1947

This parish church served as the Cathedral before until it was transferred to its present  site in 2005. 








CLERGY RETIREMENT HOME OF THE DIOCESE OF TAGUM


The diocese has just newly built a retirement home for the clergy including that of the bishop in this sprawling space. 




The bishop's room. 




STO. NIÑO PARISH CHURCH
PANABO CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE
Founded: 1955









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