Parish Church of Santa Monica of Pinamungajan

Official Name: Sta. Monica Church in Pinamungajan[1]

Classification Status: Classified Historic Structures (covering all Colonial Churches and other Houses of Worship, per NHCP Res. No. 3, s. 1991)[1]

Town or City: Municipality of Pinamungajan, Cebu

Sta. Monica Church is a Roman Catholic church located in the town of Pinamungajan, which is western part of the province of Cebu. It is also called Pinamungajan Church.[2]

The origin of the name of the town is from pinamuohan, translated as one’s own portion or claim of a harvest. An alternative suggestion is kabungahan, from betel palm tree. Sta. Monica Church used to be part of parish of Barili, and it became a separate parish on September 4, 1850. The coral stone church was constructed in 1891.[2]

Steps lead up to the Neo-Gothic facade of Pinamungajan Church. Its entrance door is a pointed archway, its tympanum made of stained glass. It is flanked by plain pilasters and pointed arch windows of stained glass panes. Pilasters extend to the upper register of the facade but not quite culminating in the cornice that bounds the pediment, they flank a stained glass window. On the apex of pediment is a Celtic cross. Flanking are huge quadrilateral, three-level bell towers that rise up to three levels and has a red pyramidal roof surrounded by balustrade. In the ground level is a pointed arch door with decorated tympanum, the second level a pair of pointed arch openings, and the next higher level a massive rose window whose lower semi-circle have slit openings.[2]