March 05, 2012

Day 4: Iloilo Churches

This is supposed to be my Day 2 itinerary but I have to move it to our last day and cancel my day 4 itinerary which is one day tour in El Dorado Waterpark. When I booked our Iloilo trip, I invited a friend if she wants to come with us but she said “anong meron sa Iloilo? Wala naman yata interesting sites dun”. Well, Iloilo is not known for tourist spots but you can have a side trip in Guimaras or visit old churches. Though I’m not a Catholic, I enjoyed visiting different churches because not all churches look the same. Each church has its own beauty and story to tell.


At 8AM, we started our Church Tour; we just took San Joaquin Jeep. First stop is San Joaquin church. It took 1 hour and 30 minutes before we reached the church. Biyaheng-langit pa nasakyan namin, I was really scared that time but thank God, we’re safe.



San Joaquin Underground Cemetery






Hubby: Hon, pati sementeryo kasama na sa itinerary natin.
Me: Yes, kung ayaw mo mauna ka na sa hotel. =)


After our visit here and every time he sees cemetery he will asks me, yun sementeryo na yun hindi natin bibisitahin? (makaasar lang)


Miagao Church



One of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines inscribed in 1993 on the World Heritage List pursuant to the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the protection of the World National Heritage.



Construction of this church began in 1787 while fray Francisco M. Gonzales D.S.A. was parish priest of this town and Domingo Libo-on was Gobernadorcillo. The church was completed in 1797. It served as fortress against muslim raides. In 1898, during the revolution, the church was destroyed. Subsequently rebuitl, it was damaged by fire in 1910. It was badly damaged by earthquake in 1948. Restoration work began in 1960 and completed in 1962. During the term of office of most Rev. Jose Ma. Cuenco, D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Jaro, of Msgr. Gernando S. Javillo D.P. parish priest of this town and Dioscoro Mueda, municipal mayor.


 Guimbal Church



Guimbal Plaza


Tigbauan Church




Molo Church





End of our church tour. As I mentioned earlier, we took San Joaquin jeep to reach San Joaquin Church then from San Joaquin church we travelled back to visit the other churches.


1.     Jeep to San Joaquin Church (I paid 200 and conductor gave me P80, so am not sure if P40 each pax or P60 each for two adults)
2.     We took trisikad to San Joaquin Underground Cemetery (P40)
3.     Jeep to Miagao Church (P15)
4.     Jeep to Guimbal Church(P15)
5.     Jeep to Tigbauan Church (P10)
6.     Jeep to Mohon Terminal (P19)
7.     Jeep to Molo Church (P7.50)
8.     Jeep to Robinsons (7.50)


We’re supposed to eat at Afriques restaurant but we can’t find it so we just went to Robinsons and we had lunch at Sbarro. =) We stayed at Robinsons till 4PM and off we went to airport, taxi fare is P500 (fixed rate).





23 comments:

  1. I only had a walking tour of Iloilo maybe next time I'll try to go to these churches thanks for the complete and detailed jeepney destination and expenses.

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  2. hahaha biyaheng langit! ang tagal ko nang hindi naririnig ang term na yannnnn :) I'm glad you were all safe :)

    My fave is Miagao Church... ang ganda nitooooo para na kayong nag Visita Iglesia nyan hehe way ahead for Semana Santa.

    Natawa ako sa asawa mo... tamang asar talaga! :-D

    Spanish Pinay

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    1. biyaheng langit talaga sis, baka nga nagmark yung kamay ko dun sa hinahawakan ko sa sobrang kapit. =)

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  3. wow dami nyo napuntahang churches. taga-Molo lang ako pero d ko pa napuntahan ang san joaquin church. Hehe. :) Jaro church d nyo napuntahan?

    Mahal ata yung taxi nyo papuntang airport. Dapat 350-400 lang yan.

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    1. day 2 namin yung jaro church. =) sabi nga ni hubby kay manong, di ba P400 lang. sabi niya P500 daw talaga and may pinapakita pa na papel, ek-ek. hindi na nakipagtalo si hubby kasi baka tumaas na rate and nakasakay na kami pero last year P400 nga lang daw bayad niya from MO2 to iloilo airport.

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  4. Wow! Those churches are so beautiful. I am so glad to see that we still have old buildings that are protected and still standing proud =)
    Thanks sa pag-pasyal sa amin, di ko alam kung makakapasyal kami dyan eh. But like you, i love looking at old churches/buildings & ruins.
    Naku ang byaheng langit ata ang hindi ko namimiss sa atin, nyayks. Glad you are all safe =)

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  5. Hmmm whay did I miss the San Joaquin Underground cemetery. Nag church hopping na rin kami dyan sa Ilo-ilo and yun lang and di ko napuntahan. Sayang...

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  6. Hindi pa ako nakapunta diyan. Maybe in the future! Thanks for this article Michi.

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  7. I am not Catholic but it does not prevent me to liking photos of churches. These churches are one of the heritage that makes the Filipino culture rich...

    When I visit Siquijor, Domaguete, Cebu and Bohol before, churches are one of the best spot I always visit.

    I've been to Ilo-ilo but was not able to stay long just a couple of hours.

    But I hope one friend I know will invite me to his place. I will gladly jump then to Iloi-Ilo.

    nice photo!

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  8. wow i love those churches ang gaganda!! Tagal ko sa Negros before but never had the chance to visit Iloilo.. kakainis tamad ko kasi nun.. hehe.. soon!! ;)

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  9. 2nd and 3rd photo reminds me of Westminster abbey and some churches in England where the graveyard is just on the church grounds and even inside the abbey where tombs of the kings were placed like in Westminster Abbey. Good thing your safe! Careful, next time! :)

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  10. old churches are so beautiful. may beauty sila na di ko rin maintindihan pero alam kong maganda sila :o

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  11. Wow naman. Sulit na yan Mich ah.. Ang charming talaga ng Miagao at tsaka 'yung San Joaquin cemetery medyo sumisikat narin siya :)

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  12. di pa ako nakagala sa ilo ilo..hanggang pier lng..lol

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  13. Nice pics! Old churches are the best subject in photography (IMO). :)

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  14. Beautiful! I never thought Iloilo had that many baroque churches. =)

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  15. i studied in UP Miag-ao and our dormitory was just neighbors with the Miag-ao church:-)... yap, our city offers old and historical churches for the tourists... what about sta. barbara church?

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    1. first time to hear about sta. barbara church. the only churh that i missed in my list is st. elizabetn cathedral. i have no idea how to get there kasi. =)

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    2. For your information, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Other name of Jaro Church is Parish of Our Lady of Candles. Now,your is complete.

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    3. your list is complete now.

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    4. wow! thanks for the information. =D

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  16. I love taking pictures of old churches and I missed doing it for the past 2 years now. Were you able to take pictures inside as well as its details?

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  17. We;ve been planning on another Visita Iglesia this coming holy week, hope to reach these place! Nice pics. ;) more power to you!

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