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Live Iloilo’s Historical Past Through Its Churches

Belle Piccio | July 02, 2018

Live Iloilo’s Historical Past Through Its Churches

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | July 02, 2018

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It is shown on the towns’ historical structures like cemeteries, bridges and churches especially at the central an southern districts of the province.

Here’s a list where you’ll feel you’re taken back to history.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish

Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo

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The altar of St. Anthony of Padua Parish image by Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Office

One of the parish offices in the Vicariate of Saint Jude Thaddeus of the Archdiocese of Jaro with Saint Anthony of Padua as Patron Saint. The church is located at Gomez St. Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. Contact the SAP Parish Office at 361-2964.

St. John the Baptist Parish

Dingle, Iloilo

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Dingle Church altar image by Jannica Diaz

Finished in 1886, St. John the Baptist Parish or commonly known as the Dingle Church, stands as one of the classic samples of Baroque architecture that ooze with a Neoclassical style. The church is built of quarried limestone from the town’s nearby mountains.

St. Jerome Parish

Dueñas, Iloilo

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Saint Jerome image by St. Jerome Parish Duenas Iloilo
The church aisle by St. Jerome Parish Duenas Iloilo

Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church, is the Patron Saint of Dueñas. The feast day of Saint Jerome is celebrated every last day of September in Dueñas, Iloilo known as the Anihan Festival. It is the town’s thanksgiving for surpassing trials of the lean months and bountiful harvest.

St. Augustine Parish

Dumangas, Iloilo

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The church altar image by Saint Augustine Catholic Parish

A Gothic architectural style church, Saint Agustine Catholic Parish is commonly known as the Dumangas Church. The church was declared as a National Landmark by the National Historical Institute.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish

Leon, Iloilo

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish is located at Cavanilla Street, Leon, Iloilo. You an contact the parish office at 331-0030.

Sto. Thomas of Villanova Parish

Miagao, Iloilo

The altar of Miagao Church image by Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish, Miagao, Iloilo
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva image by Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish, Miagao, Iloilo

Locally known as the Miagao Church it's one of the four baroque churches in the Philippines inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The church served as a bastion against Moro raiders during the olden days.

READ: The Baroque Fortress Church of Iloilo: Miag-ao

St. William Parish

Passi City

Passi Church altar image by Melvinx44 rules

St. William The Hermit Parish Church or locally known as the Passi Church is regarded as a militaristic church. It was planned to be a “fortress church” as seen in massive buttresses that support its walls as proof. The largest and tallest parish convent in the whole Archdiocese has two reception halls that can be used in various occasions such as wedding reception.

St. Joachim Parish

San Joaquin, Iloilo


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The church was built from the resources taken from the shorelines of the area and from the nearby town called Igbaras. The resources were mostly limestone and sea corals. It was named after San Joaquin or St. Joachim. His wife is St. Anne and they were believed to be the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

READ: Iloilo's San Joaquin Parish: A Symbol of the Victory of Good Over Evil

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). The Iloilo Airport is 30 minutes (approximately 19 km) away from Iloilo City.

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