A Trinitarian Symphony in Three Movements
As time passed, the 1932 chapel soon became too small for the growing population of Balic-balic. A new parish priest, Fr. Esteban Exaltacion, drew up plans for the erection of a bigger church designed along the Gothic cathedral tradition although in a smaller scale. Maybe he believe that only the high towers and windows of a Gothic inspired church design would be worthy of the Holy Trinity. Probably started around mid-1930’s, the Gothic inspired church slowly rose amidst the center of the parish ground.
Unfortunately, the advent of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines stopped the completion of the church.
Thus, for many years, the parishioners saw two different incomplete church structures joined together by time and destiny. They would enter using the doors of an incomplete Gothic cathedral built during the American colonial period and reach the front of the altar that linked them to the old funerary chapel of the Spanish colonial era.
Unfinished structures that stand as mute witnesses to two Trinitarian architectural dreams interrupted by history. Waiting for a third and final act.
Note: Windows of unfinished Holy Trinity Church show Gothic influence (top photo). Rear view of Gothic Church connecting to the 1932 renovated Holy Trinity Church still showing contours of the old funerary chapel (bottom photo). Msg. Isidro Jose shown in priest’s habit.