The highlight of our Iloilo tour is to see the old churches of the whole province. Jaro Church is the only church in our itinerary that we were not able to visit due to time constraint. Got a glimpse of San Joaquin Cemetery, Guimbal and Tigbauan Church along our way to Antique. We were able to attend Sunday Mass at Molo Church and gaze at the grandeur of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Maig-ao.
Also known as St. Anne Parish Church, it was constructed in 1831. Dubbed as “Feminist Church” in the Philippines because all 16 statues along the pillar aisles are all female saints.
It was declared a National Landmark by National Historical Institute in 1992.
Also known as San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, it was constructed between 1769 and 1774. It is made of yellow adobe sandstone called “igang” and coral stones from Guimaras. Considered one of the oldest churches in the country.
Also known as St. John of Sahagun Parish Church, it was constructed between 1575 and 1580. One of the feature in the interior of the church are the colorful tile mosaic murals in the altar and the Way of the Cross. Regarded as the only Latin-American inspired church in the Philippines.
San Joaquin Cemetery
Also known as The Campo Santo or mortuary chapel, it was initiated in 1892. A baroque style of architecture made of white coral and red bricks. It was declared National Cultural Treasure by National Museum in 2015.
Also known as Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, it was constructed in 1787. Exhibited with large buttresses and two unique belfries with a very detailed façade featuring the image of St. Christopher holding on to a coconut tree while carrying the infant Jesus.
It was listed by UNESCO World Heritage as one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines in 1993.
Bacolod City is also known as “The City of Smiles”. It is the capital of Negros Occidental.
The San Sebastian Cathedral is one of the old churches in Bacolod. Built in the 19th century, it was declared a cathedral in 1933.
Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag is located in Pangasinan. And since my father is from the same province, we frequently visit the church ever since I was a child especially if the family has special intentions, thanksgiving prayer or just to visit the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now that the Vatican has declared the Church as a Minor Basilica, every faithful who visits the church can be granted plenary indulgence (removing of temporal punishment) given you confess your sins, attend mass and receive communion.
– Known for Apparition to a local farmer
– Canonical Coronation in 1926 by Pope Pius XI
– Designated as a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI last Feb.2015
– Feast is celebrated every 1st Sunday of October
– Patroness of sick, helpless and needy
Sto. Domingo Church is very precious to me and my family. My parents got married here; I also had my baptism and first communion in this church. Because of its proximity to our house, this serves as our parish church. I also had my early schooling in Angelicum which is beside the church. Sto. Domingo Church is where the Our Lady of La Naval de Manila is housed and I grew up attending the procession every month of October.
– Known for the Battle of Lepanto in 1571
– Canonical Coronation in 1907 by Pope Pius X
– Designated as a cultural property by the National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines In 2009
– Feast is celebrated every 2nd Sunday of October
– Patroness of Navy and Quezon City
For Roman Catholics, October is designated as the month of the Holy Rosary. So for this month, I’ll be featuring 2 Catholic Churches in Luzon, each one houses the image of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. The Our Lady of La Naval de Manila and Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag are both churches dear to my family’s heart.