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4 Must-Do Activities in Miagao, Iloilo: A World Heritage City


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Dec 02, 2015


Miagao, one of the municipalities in Iloilo province, has a rich tradition of pottery and is a place where you can find the finest and most beautiful hablon. The municipality is one of the only 2 cities (with Vigan) in the Philippines that represent the country in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

In 2016, Miagao will celebrate its 300th anniversary. 

1. Visit Miagao Church

One of the old structures found in the municipality is the well-preserved and beautiful Miag-ao Church. The Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church is also called the Miag-ao Fortress Church

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

Miagao is one of the 4 locations of the churches that were declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993.

READ: 4 Must-Visit Churches in Iloilo


2. Tour around the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)

University of the Philippines Visayas via upv.edu.ph

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) is one of the constituent universities of the UP System.

UPV is one of the component universities of the University of the Philippines System. The main campus in Visayas is located in Miagao, Iloilo.  Other UP campuses in the Visayas is located in Iloilo City and Tacloban City.


3. Learn the art of Hablon Weaving

In Miagao, the traditional handloom weaving of the classic hablon cloth is still being practiced by its weavers. You can visit their workshop if you want to learn or see the actual weaving using a traditional loom. The Hablon Loom Weaving of Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative is located in Brgy. Indag-an, Miagao, Iloilo. Contact (033) 315-9722 for orders and inquiries.

READ: Iloilo's Hablon: A Colorful Product in the Textile Capital of the Philippines


4. Learn the craft of Pottery Making

You can also learn how to make pots, jars, vases and many other clay products in Miagao. The municipality's tradition of pottery-making originated in Brgy. Cagbang, Miagao, Iloilo, which at that time, was the only source of pottery in Iloilo before. Today, they are still making pots and ceramics in a traditional way.

READ ALSO: Bandoja Pottery and Brick Making


These are just some of the locations in Miagao that you can visit if you want to immerse in town's culture and practices. There are also many different beautiful tourist spots that you can go to and many delicious delicacies that you can try. Share you discoveries with us!


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. From Iloilo City, you can take a “Miagao” or any southbound jeep from Mohon Terminal in Molo District or from the Iloilo Terminal Market.

Experience More of Miagao, Iloilo
1) The Baroque Fortress Church of Iloilo: Miag-ao

2) Iloilo's Hablon: A Colorful Product in the Textile Capital of the Philippines

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