Guimbal Things to Do
-Guimbal Church is also known as Church of San Nicolas of Tolentino and was built in 1774
-Some parts of the Church have gone through renovations and reconstructions except for the inner stone core which has remained stable and unchanging
-Guimbal Church is known for its watchtower and bells
Most of the locals are Catholics who believe in miracles. If you are not Catholic but just visiting the church as a curious tourist, it would be wise to exercise prudence by keeping quiet and listening attentively to locals' account of miracles instead of arguing.
There are three popular stories that you might hear. The first story is about the blocking of the Muslim raiders in a main Street by a very tall, black-robed man who had long legs and strong arms. His legs reportedly extended across the street blocking the raiders. A very bright halo above his head blinded the raiders, scaring them to flee to their vintas. The mysterious man was believed to be their Patron Saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino.
A similar story relates what happened when the Muslim raiders landed at a barrio one night,. When they followed a trail inland, they saw a very tall man garbed in a priest's robe walking along the trail. The raiders got scared and returned to their vintas, sailing away. Again, the mysterious apparition was attributed to San Nicolas de Tolentino.
The third story is about the Muslim raiders who, while still on their vintas at sea saw what seemed like a lady carrying a child on the shore. Lights from their halos looked like blasting cannons from afar. The raiders retreated upon seeing these. The townsfolk believe that the image was that of La Señora de la Consolacion holding the Child Jesus. She has a statue inside the church.
You don't have to argue about the logic of said stories. Just respect them as the locals' beliefs.Related to:
- Family Travel
Just like in other towns in Iloilo, the town plaza of Guimbal is just across the Church and the Municipal Building. It also has hedges of nice flowering shrubs, trees, benches and a monument of Dr. Jose Rizal. There is a children's playground, too.
I rested in one of the benches of the plaza facing the church, waiting for the other tourists and their vehicles to leave so I could finally take a picture of the church. It was a restful wait for me, with the wind sweeping my hair and cooling my body as I sat on a bench under the shade of a tree.Related to:
- Family Travel
From the jeepney terminal in Iloilo City market, take a jeep bound for Miagao and tell driver to drop you off at Guimbal Plaza. I don't know the fare from Iloilo City to Guimbal because we went directly to Miagao, and stopped by Guimbal only after our visit from Miagao Church. Jeepney ride from Miagao to Guimbal was only P17/pax.Related to:
- Road Trip