Landmark Philippine Churches II

I am posting the three remaining photos of the churches I’ve recently documented with my reliable Canon camera 🙂 These are Tigbauan Church, Molo Church, and Jaro Church — all located in different areas in Iloilo province, all historical, all built a long, long time ago.

The Molo Church is one of Iloilo’s most popular landmarks. “Built in 1831, the church stands as a reminder of Iloilo’s rich history and a monument for Ilonggo artistry. The Molo exudes a blatant expression of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, the one of its kind outside Manila. The interior is a fusion of Gothic and Romanesque architectures, there is a constant alternation between the overpowering features of Gothic and the recessive characteristics of Romanesque.”

Jaro Church, or the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles. It is constructed of “Romanesque revival architecture,” and distinctive to it is its bell tower that is located across the street, and that it has two stairs built on the front facade so people can go up to the statue of the Our Lady of the Candles to pay their respects, or supplicate.

Tigbauan Church, on the other hand, is said to be the classic example of the Churriqueresque style, or Spanish baroque, involving many carefully arranged parts or details as seen in the main exterior entrance. I have to post the photo I took of that later.


By the way… I just want to express strongly!

I have a problem with some people who seem to be oblivious to the correct use of the exclamation point (!) whenever they send me text messages, or reply to my own.

I have at least 7 people who always end their text messages to me with the screamer (in printing world, it’s what the mark is called) though they do not really want to express anything strongly.

Unfortunately, today I had to send 3 of the 7 text messages, and their replies sort of irritated me. I ask a simple question, and I get a simple answer with a slammer like that.

Maybe it’s just me.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Miag-ao Church

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo province.

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo province.

Miag-ao is a beautiful first class municipality in the Iloilo province that is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church, more popularly known as “Miag-ao Church,” that I have been wanting to visit for the longest time.

Finally, I had that chance on October 9 with my best girls 🙂

Buttresses support the walls of Miag-ao Church.

Buttresses support the walls of Miag-ao Church.

The center of worship inside Miag-ao Church.

The center of worship inside Miag-ao Church.

Built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian friars as a fortified place, Miag-ao Church’s bas-relief facade is pressed on each side by two imposing watchtower belfries from which the bells are rung, and in the olden days, to defend the town and the people from enemy attacks.

The whole church was built of arenite, or sandstone, a type of rock composed of sand-sized grains of mineral, rock or organic materials found in sedimentary basins. At the back, the walls are supported by buttresses to give them the strength to stand.



Once Upon a Caleruega

Caleruega: Once Upon An Afternoon...

Ever wonder how it feels like to walk to the altar in your beautiful wedding gown?

Just a little ride away off Tagaytay City, there is a church on the hill that’s a favorite among wedding photographers, and couples who are thinking of tying the knot.

This church is said to be named after a small town in Castille-Leon, Spain  —  the TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL OF CALERUEGA in Nasugbu, Batangas/Tagaytay City.


Transfiguration since its roof that’s hut-shaped is in “remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles” apparently “wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration.” Transfiguration, of course, is Biblical, mentioned in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Peter. It was that day when Jesus transfigured and became “radiant on a mountain with bright rays of light.”

The church is unfamiliar to me. I’ve never heard of it even if I was told actors and actresses, and some famous people have gotten married, or spent time retreating there. That’s perhaps because I’m not Catholic, and that Miag-ao Church in the Visayas tops my bucket list.

But the Caleruega trip, I must say, was a welcome interlude 🙂 I had fun with my siblings at World ShutterZ Avenue ( Traveling is really more fun in the Philippines when you do it with wonderful people who enjoy the same interest with you.

Caleruega has a garden that’s so lovely and vibrant with different kinds of ornamental plants  that go along the footpath to the chapel on the promontory. There are also towering pine trees that I found so enjoyable since they are good protection from the hurtful sun.

The little chapel is so wonderful with its glass stained windows behind the altar. It can only accommodate a handful of people, which means any wedding there is really a close-knit family affair.