St. Joseph Parish in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City

St. Joseph Parish is located at 223 Quirino Ave. Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. Barangay Tambo back in the days was a Protestant commune with four different denominations. The Belgian Catholic missionaries of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) from the St. Andrew’s Parish of La Huerta helped planted the seeds of Catholicism in Tambo and by 1969, the barangay have its own Catholic parish named after St. Joseph, the Worker and Husband of Mary with Father Leonardo Marquez as its first parish priest.

The church’s façade used to be colored white and I was pleasantly surprised to see it painted in yellow with green, to which according to Manang caretaker is painted in St. Joseph’s colors. You will see that there are banderitas (small flags) since I visited the church, a week after its feast day last May 1. I will be updating this post when I come back for another picture of the church’s façade less the banderitas. 

The Martyrs Memorial United Methodist Church

The Martyrs Memorial United Methodist Church is situated in 0199 Qurino Avenue, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. It is considered as one of the oldest churches within the city and it also earned the distinction of being the first Methodist Church in the southern Metro Manila area.

The church was established in 1901 in Mabong, Pasay by American Methodists. It was subsequently transferred in Pildira, Pasay in 1915 and in its present location in 1917. The church premises suffered a major blow during World War II when it was hit by a bomb which claimed the lives of seventy-seven Filipinos. My Mom told me that a cross served as a marker for this event; however that cross was already removed. In the 1950s, the church was renovated through the help and generosity of the Philippine War Damages Commission and the Trinity of the United States.

Currently, the church is undergoing major renovation as can be inferred from its ceiling. There are plans of redecorating the main altar and introducing major repairs for the entire church structure.