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Our Lady of Orani
Written by Fergie   
Thursday, 27 September 2007

Someday, someone would ask me, if there is a place where I would want to be married, where would that be?

I will think of the field of my dreams - medieval churches in Europe, perfect beaches in Hawaii, and snow falling down the aisle - but then, I will smile, and think of the church where I was baptized.

Orani Church

The church of Orani became an independent missionary center in 1714. The Dominican friars built the church and became their quarters in Bataan since then. The place grew into a little prosperous town until it was nearly brought down the ground during the earthquake of September 16, 1852. Important studies show that the church and the municipal government building were also destroyed. They were rebuilt till 1891 when Orani again resumed its slow march for growth. This growth was checked again by the great fire of March 16, 1938, which almost burned three-fourths of the whole town, including schools, the church and the town hall. Reconstruction began, but before they could finish, World War II broke out and once again the town suffered tremendous destruction. After the war, the people of Orani are once again building their town.

There is a legend that every couple who gets married in the Church of Orani will stay strong, surpassing the test of time, beating every storm of life.

May we always be like that–growing old together, loving until the end of our lives, living by the shadow of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-Our Lady of Orani.

Someday, someone would ask me, if there is a place where I would want to be married, where would that be?

I will smile and tell this guy, "Orani".

 
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