Miagao Church

Zulueta Ave., Miagao, Iloilo

Miagao Church
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Eric N.
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The Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, commonly known as the Miagao Church, is famous for its façade consisting of an ornately decorated bas-relief displaying a unique blending of Spanish and native influences. Think St Christopher alongside a coconut tree! Said façade displays a light orange or yellowish tinge, which is attributed to the sandstone and eggs used for its construction. The blocks of sandstone were mixed with eggs, which were used as mortar.

Construction was initiated by Spanish Augustinian missionaries in 1786 and completed in 1797. The church and its belfries (serving as watch towers) were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Hence, it was also called the Miagao Fortress Church.

The church was completed out of "polo y servicio" or a Spanish system of forced labor. The men aged 16 – 60 from the surrounding areas were required to work during its construction. They were required to bring an egg and a block of sandstone once a week to the construction site from as far as 35 kilometers away. If they failed to comply, they were subject to flogging from the parish priest and authorities
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It is interesting to note that the two huge bell towers directly attached to the main church are unequal. It has two different designs since it was commissioned by two different priests. On the left side is the older west belfry, with four levels. On the other side is the east belfry, originally constructed only with only two levels. It was in 1830 when Father Francisco Perez decided to add another story to the east belfry. Until now, the east belfry is one level shorter that the west.

In December of 1993, the church was designated as one of the best examples of Baroque Churches of the Philippines and was included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, along with three other churches – The San Agustin in Manila, the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Ilocos Sur, and the San Agustin Church in Paoay
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Wendell L.
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Who wouldn't love this 3-century old church? It is declared as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The baroque church was really beautiful during sunset. Its walls are very detailed that it seems like they are speaking for themselves.

It is really a good place to reflect and at the same time a good place for sight-seeing. I really loved the view of the church especially during sunset. Its walls are made of several bricks that seem untouched by modernity. I think its facade and its twin tower were not painted since its last renovation one and half century ago. The baroque-romanesque church was designed by the Spanish. If you will be visiting Iloilo, make sure to visit this church!

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EJ B.
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This is my first time in Maig-ao Church and I was really fascinated with the beauty and the preserved detail of the church. Grabe! ang bongga bongga ng Church. 9962

The 300 year old Miag-ao Church also known as Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church is located at Miag-ao, Iloilo. The church was declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kathleen T.
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Continuing our Bacolod trip just July of this year, we also got the chance to visit Iloilo since it's just an hour away from the Port of Bacolod through a 2Go SuperCat ferry. It didn't cost us more than 500 pesos for a round trip fare, tip: book the first and last slot! The first slot leaves the port exactly during sunrise so you'll be having a spectacular view of the sea and it also leaves Iloilo before sunset. You also have an option of going to Guimaras if you have plenty of time, there's a tricycle which you can hire for just a hundred or less.

Since we only have twelve hours to roam Iloilo, we decided to just visit its magnificent churches, our first stop was the farthest and grandest one, it's the Miag-ao Church. We rode a jeepney passing by Miag-ao church at the market and it took us an hour and a half to reach the famous church.

The construction of the church began in 1787 and was finished in the 1797. It served as a fortress against muslim raiders and it has been also damaged several times by a revolution in 1898, a fire in 1910 and an earthquake in 1948. It was fully restored in 1962. Imagine how the church underwent such tragedies but is still as beautiful as ever after its restoration? Miag-ao church is truly a masterpiece. And oh, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! A title like that isn't just honored to any place or what, it has a significant value in terms of history and art, that means. So far, this is the most majestic church I have been to! I was so happy because weeks before our visit here, this was our topic in our History of Architecture class so if you're huge fan of history, don't miss this place, too! Hehe.

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Jen O.
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Church of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva also known as Miag-ao Church is located in the municipality of Miag-ao, Iloilo. It was declared in 1993 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for Baroque Churches of the Philippines. You'll be impressed with the church's architectural design with it's yellowish color facade and interiors in which attributed from the adobe and limestones used.

I've been visiting a lot of old/historical churches from my past travels because i admire their architectural designs and we're so grateful and blessed to visit this church even though rains starting to pour when we went here, it's never been a hindrance for us not to visit one of the country's gem. Definitely a must visit 128522128591128077

By the way, Miag-ao is 30 to 45mins away from the city.

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Scheds J.
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Filipino artistry at its finest!!!!! Millenniums have past and yet this work of art still remains!!! I love it!!!!

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Reich T.
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The Miagao Church also known as Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Iloilo.  It was also called the Miagao Fortress Church since it served as a defensive tower of the town against Muslim raids.  The church was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site on December 11, 1993.

The church's overall architectural style falls under the Baroque Romanesque.  The ochre color is due to the materials used in construction -  adobe,  egg,  coral and limestone. 

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I like old buildings and churches.  Yes,  a secular who digs old churches.  My fascination is with the architecture and the history.  Case in point,  Miagao  Church.  The visit was ages ago and the funny thing is that i never bothered visiting historical sites in Iloilo during my exile.  Anyway,  Miagao is stunning at first glance.  A majestic structure,  two huge belltowers is attached to the main structure.  I picture two warriors standing on each side protecting the palace. 

If you are a sucker for anything vintage,  visit Miagao.

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