Heritage Sites

The Elegant Virgen sang Barangay

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jul 02, 2013

Popularly known as Sta. Clara Chapel, the Virgen sang Barangay Chapel features a unique large mural mosaic. It is a 9.0ft x 21.0 ft mural mosaic of the Lady of the Barangay sang Virgen, a local version of the Madonna and Child.

The collage is made with 95,000 pieces of polished mother of pearls and Capiz shells in different sizes and colors. The Station of the Cross hanged around the walls of the chapel, the altar pieces and images of the saints are also a collage of polished 30,000 shells. The shells used are all natural in color. There's also a grand chandelier hanged at the center of the chapel made of 14,000 pieces of polished shells.

The chapel is located inside Sta. Clara subdivision, it is a private subdivision in Bacolod City but all are welcome to hear mass or even just visit. It has a round architectural pattern, wooden trusses, chairs and doors that are also decorated Capiz shells. The chapel was designed by Architect Norman Campos and decorated by Ms. Leticia Sia-Ledesma. It was built in 1983 on a land donated by Antonio Gaston.

Once you visit the chapel, it may just be an innocent and plain looking structure from the outside but once you get inside you'll surely admire the beautiful artworks.

How to Get There

The Sta. Clara Chapel is located inside Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City, Neg. Occ.

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

Philippine Airlines flies daily to Bacolod. Book your flights now only at PAL.

(Sta. Clara Chapel photos courtesy of Dustin Mijares)

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