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The San Diego Pro Cathedral is an early 20th century church in Silay, Negros. It is the only pro cathedral outside Manila - its unique feature is its huge dome. The parish of Silay was established in 1776 the church was built of nipa and bamboo. In 1841, Father Eusebio Locsin had a more permanent structure made of stone and wood and in 1925 work began on a grander structure. Jose Ledesma, a wealthy sugar baron, donated the majority of the funds needed to build the new edifice. Ledesma commissioned an Italian architect Lucio Bernasconi to design the new church. Bernasconi took the churches in his native Italy as the model for the Silay church. The church was completed in 1927 and inaugurated that same year.
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The San Diego Pro Cathedral is an early 20th century church in Silay, Negros.  It is the only pro cathedral outside Manila  - its unique feature is its huge dome.  The parish of Silay was established in 1776 the church was built of nipa and  bamboo.  In 1841, Father Eusebio Locsin had a more permanent structure made of stone and wood and in 1925 work began on a grander structure.  Jose Ledesma, a wealthy sugar baron, donated the majority of the funds needed to build the new edifice.  Ledesma commissioned an Italian architect Lucio Bernasconi to design the new church.  Bernasconi took the churches in his native Italy as the model for the Silay church.  The church was completed in 1927 and  inaugurated that same year.