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    Miagao Church (inside)

    by machomikemd Written May 30, 2012
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    Final Part of my Three part tip with pictures of both inside and outside the Church

    The Miagao Roman Catholic Church in Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade of the Church, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences like the Coconut Tree and a bas relief of Saint Christopher. The church was made from limestone and local corals quarried from the sea. The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miag-ao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.

    Admission is free

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Miagao Church (outside) 2

    by machomikemd Written May 30, 2012
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    Part two of my Three part tip with pictures of both inside and outside the Church

    The Miagao Roman Catholic Church in Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade of the Church, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences like the Coconut Tree and a bas relief of Saint Christopher. The church was made from limestone and local corals quarried from the sea. The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miag-ao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.

    Admission is free

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Miagao Church (outside) 1

    by machomikemd Updated May 30, 2012
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    This will be a three part tip with pictures of both inside and outside the Church

    The Miagao Roman Catholic Church in Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade of the Church, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences like the Coconut Tree and a bas relief of Saint Christopher. The church was made from limestone and local corals quarried from the sea. The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miag-ao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.

    Admission is free

    Opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Allows one living presently to relive the past

    by jayjayc Updated Feb 18, 2012

    -Miag-ao Church also known as "Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church" was built in 1797
    -The Church is a world-renowned religious structure and in 1993, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
    -The façade of the Church has delicate images of St. Christopher with Baby Jesus surrounded by greens like papaya and coconuts

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    Visit The Municipal Building/Tourism Office

    by cyndymc Updated Mar 7, 2011
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    While strolling at the Plaza, I saw the Municipal Building. I wanted to go to the Tourism Office to explore if they have a map or brochure regarding Miagao, but they were having their Flag Ceremony and usual Monday rites. Their program was still going on when hubby and I had to move to the next town so I wasn't able to visit their office. If you have more time when you go to Miagao, visit their Tourism Office if you have some questions or concerns.

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    Stroll or Rest In The Plaza

    by cyndymc Written Mar 7, 2011
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    While waiting for hubby who was busy with his photography, I explored the compound of the church and discovered the side gate that led to the town Plaza. The Plaza had a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal, our National hero. There are flowering plants around the Plaza, giving it a lively character. I saw some locals strolling, perhaps to have a dose of the morning sun. There are concrete benches where one can sit while resting and looking at the flowers. I loved the whiff of the wind that swept my hair while I sat on one of the benches.

    From my bench, I saw the waiting shed where locals patiently waited for the jeepney/bus going to Iloilo City. I noticed that jeepneys left only after being filled to capacity, while buses left immediately after a passenger went down/up.

    The Miagao Church was such a sight to behold from the Plaza. You will have a different appreciation of the architectural details of the church from that perspective. The massive buttresses that supported the church and the belfry that once served as watch tower were really awesome.

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    Visit Miagao

    by cyndymc Written Mar 7, 2011
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    Miagao Church a.k.a. Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva is a National Shrine included in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. It was declared as a National Landmark in 1973, then became part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is a living legacy of the Miagao culture, the strong hold of Catholic faith and way of life since many centuries ago.

    Constructed more than 200 years ago from 1787 to 1797, the Miagao Church still stands on its original site, the highest point of Miag-ao. Using its location as advantage, its towers once served as lookouts against Muslim raids. Miagao Church has 2 tapering bell towers which are of unequal heights and different designs.

    Today, Miagao Church is considered "the finest surviving example of Fortress Baroque". Its architectural design is described as a unique version of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen, rendering a fusion of western decorative features on one hand, and on the other hand, employing native versions of religious icons like Saint Christopher and Child Jesus in native clothes, and using symbolic carvings like guava shrubs, papaya trees and coconut palm. Its ornate floral designs on the facade never fail to impress tourists.

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    Go to Cubay and have great time eating sineguelas.

    by cinammon_hearts Written Sep 9, 2008
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    I have been there in Cubay, Miag-ao. It was fun experience it was summer of 2002 ..We are four friends cruising from Bacolod to Miag-ao via ferry boat...Me. Monick.Jenn.Jeva ..We reach Cubay by walking about 4 hours...we have been trick by Monick that there's no transportation going to Cubay..but there is!!! But we enjoyed walking while having some Indian Mango and Sineguelas...Fun!!!Fun!!!!Fun!!! We enjoy the muddy streets and many many children..We took some photos everywhere...

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    Jeepney Joy Rides

    by jyl Written May 1, 2007

    The main mode of public transportation from Miag-ao to Iloilo City and the suburbs will be the beautiful & colorful JEEPNEYS!

    Jeepneys, is something one just has to see and is unique here in the Philippines (except maybe for those imported by other countries). The jeepneys has different faces in different parts of the country. Those in Panay are aesthetically beautiful, I am proud of that! The body is like imitating the built of branded cars and automobiles.

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  • visit the Miagao cemetery capilla

    by hamili717 Written Oct 30, 2006

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    Miagao's all-brick dome capilla (1995)

    Aside from the magnificent church, Miagao has a cemetery with a century-old chapel or capilla. Why so special? Its the only one in the Visayas with a brick dome and it is still intact. Sadly, so much vegetation has grown on this special roof that it might not be around very long if intervention is not done. That's why do see it. Also, there's this unique skull-and-crossbones motif on the facade of this brick and limestone antique structure.

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  • See for yourself Miagao's World Heritage Church

    by hamili717 Written Oct 16, 2006

    The earthquake baroque Miagao church is the only one from the Visayas and Mindanao declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You must see for yourself the artistry of the Ilonggos concretized in the fancy, indigenized relief motifs found at the church's pediment.

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    Shop for souvenirs

    by iris_e Written Oct 14, 2005
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    A souvenir shop in front of the church showcases items to take with you to remind you of your experience in Miagao. Although limited, the souvenirs are pretty, artistic, and handmade by the locals... and cheap too!

    About 10 minutes from the church you'll find a weaving cottage industry. Sorry i don't have the specific directions, but you can ask around the locals and they'll know where to direct you.

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