Novaliches, Quezon City: Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Parokya ng Pagkabuhay

01 Bagbag Public CemeteryIn the Novaliches District of Quezon City, Barangay Bagbag located southwest of the town proper. Named after the after the untellable dried rocky hills of the area, Barangay Bagbag is now a residential area with contrasting communities of low income families and gated middle-class subdivisions. In the center of the barangay is the Bagbag Public Cemetery, and beside it is the Resurrection of Our Lord Parish.

1988 Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Altar & Nave
1988 Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Altar & Nave

The Resurrection of Our Lord Parish is also known as the Parokya ng Pagkabuhay (Parish of Living), and it was founded by Franciscan friars in 1978, as a small chapel dedicated to Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help and Jesus, the Divine Mercy, on Pagkabukay Road. The friars came from the nearby Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS, founded 1962), which is located at the western end of Barangay Bagbag. In 1979, the community was able to purchase the land near the Bagbag Cemetery, and construction commenced.

1998 Resurrection Catholic School
1998 Resurrection Catholic School

The first church was completed in 1983, which coincided with the establishment of the Pagkabuhay Parochial School in 1983, which would eventually evolve into the Resurrection Catholic School in 1998.

04 Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, GrottoAs the population of Barangay Bagbag continued to grow, a larger church was need. More funds poured out from the wealthier communities, and the present structure was completed in 1988. The current church is a simple but elegant five-side modern architectural piece, which belies the not-so-wealthy surroundings.

1999 The Risen Christ
1999 The Risen Christ

The Resurrection of Our Lord Parish stands like a beacon to the impoverished communities around it. Signifying hope for their sufferings, just as the Resurrection of Christ symbolizes salvation, the church as is a refuge and community hub for the residents of Barangay Bagbag.

1978-1988 Resurrection of Our Lord Parish

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