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    Visit Tigbauan

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

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    Tigbauan got its name, like the majority of town centers, after a topographical distinction unique to the region — in this case after the Tigbao, a local name for a type of grass that used to swarm the countryside.

    Visit St . John of Sahagun Church, a Catholic Church which is 439 years old- founded in 1575.
    Heritage Features: The facade design is simple: a rectangle surmounted by a triangular pediment, the whole hemmed by thick pillars on either side. To the facade’s right is the three-story bell tower composed of cubes decreasing in size and capped by a pyramidal roof.

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    Melody of Guimbal

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

    Guimbal, a coastal municipality, is located at the southwestern part of Iloilo province.
    Some writings showed that the name of the municipality was derived from a musical instrument called guimbal. The Spaniards discovered the settlers using the instrument to warn the people of the coming of the raiding Moro pirates.

    Visit the Guimbal Church, a 400 year old church made from adobe stones called igang and coral stones quarried from Guimaras. It was built in 1774.

    Also, visit the Guimbal Moro watchtower. These are the 17th Century structures used as look-out for raiding Moro pirates. Like the church, it was also constructed through force labor.

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    Historic Miagao

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

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    The Miag-ao Church was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.

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    The Notable San Joaquin

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    The history of San Joaquin, according to Maragtas legend begins in the latter part of the 12th century.

    Visit the Parish Church of San Joaquin. The church was built in the 19th century by the Augustinians.

    Also pay a visit to San Joaquin Cemetery, built during the 19th century, and is located along the highway leading to the town.

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    Visit Jaro

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

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    The district is notable for its large amount of nineteenth century architecture.

    Home to the Parish of Our Lady of Candles (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) also known as the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Jaro and the site of a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary, which was canonically crowned by the late Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1982.

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    Inspiration of Pavia

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

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    Pavia was officially founded in 1862. It was also in 1862 that an independent parish dedicated to Saint Monica was established by an Augustinian friar. But it was only in 1889 when construction of the famous brick church -- as it now stands -- began.

    The church design was apparently inspired by the ancient royal archbasilica of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia, Italy.

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    Visit Santa Barbara

    by miguel_arcangel Written Feb 6, 2011

    Santa Barbara is part of the new Iloilo International Airport complex designed to serve Iloilo City and the rest of the province, where it hosts the airport entrance and access roads.

    Visit the Parish of Sta. Barbara, a Baroque Rennaisance architecture, was built in 1845 and was completed 33 years later and declared by the National Historical Institute as a national historic landmark.

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    Visit Cabatuan

    by miguel_arcangel Updated Feb 6, 2011

    The town was founded on April 9, 1732 after a molave cross (with only its base currently existing) was planted on the peak of Pamul-ogan Hill.

    Visit the San Nicholas de Tolentino Church, built in 1834, the San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish Church is a Tuscanic church of baked brick is one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.

    Visit Cabatuan Cemetery. This century old Spanish-Filipino Cemetery is the only cemetery in the Philippines which is a perfect square. Three Byzantine arch entrances dominate the front-gate, while a baroque central chapel is located at the center.

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    Visita Iglesia: Tigbauan Church

    by kemisteryoso Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    The Parish Church of St. John of Sahagun in Tigbauan, Iloilo is our next destination after we explored Guimbal town. It is only P7.00 jeepney ride and it is not far from Guimbal actually.
    The Tigbauan Church is unique in the country because of its Latin American churriquesque architecture. It was built over 400 years ago in1575 from yellow Limestones.

    It also has a magnificent facade, engraved at the center is a seal of the Augustinian order. Above the seal is an engraved retablo with a niche where a statue of St John of Sahagun is in place. It was embellished with flower carvings and cherubs.

    One of the church’s dazzling features are the mosaic art which decorated the interior part of the church. The mosaic art depicts biblical events such as the Stations of the Cross etc. They were created by a local artist in the last two decades they said. This is the most beautiful modern-type interiors made up of colorful stone mural I've ever seen so far.

    Then we headed to Molo Church.

    To go to Tigbauan coming from Iloilo City, you can ride a San Joaquin, Miag-ao or Guimbal Jeepney in front of Iloilo Supermart – Molo Branch or in the Terminal Market ( “Super”) near Robinsons Place. Just tell the driver to drop you at Guimbal Plaza. Ceres Bus going to Antique is also an option at Molo Terminal.

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    Visita Iglesia: Miag-ao Church

    by kemisteryoso Updated Oct 20, 2010

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    The town of Miag-ao is the second town we visited on our second day tour. It is a P15.00 jeepney ride coming from San Joaquin.
    It is also known as the St. Thomas De Villanueva Parish Church. It was built in 1797 and is one of the country’s architectural heritage because of its unique design. The present Church of Miagao is actually the third church constructed in the town and it was built like a fortress in consonance with the provision of the Royal Decree 111 of 1573 (Law of the Indies) to withstand Piratical raids. It has a vast courtyard with a statue obscuring the main entrance and surrounded by plants with yellow flowers.

    The elements of Churisguresque , Rococo, and Neoclassicism were combined and formed a masterpiece. It is decorated with a Bas relief sculpture of St. Christopher carrying child Jesus amidst coconut, papaya and guava shrubs if I am not mistaken.A series of balusters support the relief and a stone image of St. Thomas of Villanueva dominates the center. It is a blend of both Hispanic and native art. This church is really a Philippine church. Carved life-size statue St. Henry with his coat-of-arms above is at the right side of the main entrance. The coat of arm is still the original one. At the left side, the Coat of arms of the pope on the other hand already undergone renovation

    The unsymmetrical belfries have pyramidal structure with distinct features based from Mayan and Aztec Architecture which also contributed on its Baroque roundness aside from its moss invaded butresses . The left is pointed 3 storey bell tower and the right is a 4 storey bell tower. The difference on the height was made by Fray Perez to possibly increase the towers scope and visibility, it also served as watchtowers during those times.

    The interior is very simple with simple chandelier and color paned windows on both side and with a gold plated retablo with the Cricified christ at the center.

    Because of these remarkable chracteristics, it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1993. Miag-ao church is a real gem one shouldn’t miss in Iloilo. I only have one Baroque church listed in UNESCO world heritage list left to visit. Wait for me Sta. Maria Church.

    To go to Miag-ao Church, You can ride a Miagao or San Joaquin Jeepney in front of Iloilo Supermart – Molo Branch or in the Terminal Market (locally called “Super”) near Robinsons Place or take Ceres Bus bound to Antique at Molo Terminal and tell the driver to drop you off at Miag-ao.

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    Visita Iglesia: Guimbal Church

    by kemisteryoso Written Oct 20, 2010

    Coming from Miag-Ao we hopped off in front of the old Municipal Hall of Guimbal now the justice hall, the fare was P15.00. Then we walked our way to the church which is just in front of the garden plaza.

    Also known as The St. John of Sahagun Parish Church. It was built in 1590 and it is the only church made of yellow coral and red colored stones from the town's 9 km shoreline. It is decorated with paired pillars rises on heavily massed finials with decorative floral carvings at the main doorway and another set of smaller twin pilasters can be found on the second level. While the semi-circular main entrance is decorated by a series of rosettes. It is said to be an inverted church with its original front facing the sea now its back which was instituted to adjust the plaza. Its 4-story vintage belfry also served as a watchtower during the Spanish occupation against pillaging Moro pirates. It was destroyed twice but restored though the interior is more modern now.

    To go to Guimbal coming from Iloilo City, you can ride a Guimbal Jeepney in front of Iloilo Supermart – Molo Branch or in the Terminal Market ( “Super”) near Robinsons Place. You can also ride a Miagao or San Joaquin Jeepney or Ceres Bus going to Antique. Just tell them to drop you at Guimbal Plaza.

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    Campo Santo de San Joaquin

    by kemisteryoso Updated Oct 20, 2010

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    It is the second heritage infrastructure we visited in the town of San Joaquin after the Church. It is not actually far from the town. Just along the highway, we already passed by this Cemetery when we headed to the town but still we followed our original plan to visit the farthest to the nearest relative to Iloilo City.

    The cemetery is very beautiful in terms of both design and architecture and it is very eye catching from the road. It was built in 1892 made of lime stones, fossil stones and red bricks. The cemetery’s square perimeter is demarcated by a wrought iron fence. It has a baroque structure with intricate floral motif, pointed finials with combined Chinese and Spanish Artistry with Hindu influence . It was made more eye catching because of the alternating colors of white and red.

    A plight of wide stairs leading to the crown like chapel can be seen once you enter the main baroque arch entrance embellished with 2 carved skull and cross bone with a cherub between them. Statues of saints inside the Niches lined with floral carvings are found on its walls most of which were recently reinstalled. The view of the sea can be seen from the Chapel.

    This is a magnificent heritage infrastructure a travel shouldn’t miss in Iloilo. It is known as the most beautiful Spanish colonial cemetery in Iloilo and in the Philippines.

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    Visita Iglesia: San Joaquin Church

    by kemisteryoso Written Oct 18, 2010

    We explored the Southern towns of Iloilo in our second day and we headed to the farthest town first and from there we will visit one by one the towns we passed by as we go back to Iloilo City.We took an ordinary Ceres bus from Molo terminal that is bound to Antique. We paid P58.00 for the 1.5 hrs ride.

    Our first target is the church of San Joaquin. We walked around 400 M towards the church from the highway and also took our Breakfast to a "Carinderia" along the way.
    The San Joaquin church was said to be the only church with a militaristic motif which distinguishes itself from other churches in the Philippines. It was built in 1869 by the Augustinians lead by father Santaren. That is why the seal of the Augustinian order was carved right above the main entrance. It is made of lime stones and white coral stones.The church actually resides on a plane with its right side facing the sea.

    Why Militarictic, It is because carved on the upper part of the facade is an intricate sculptural relief depicting the Spanish victory over Moroccan forces in the Battle of Tetuan in 1860. At the base of the relief is the title of the composition “Rendicion de Tetuan” . A carving of Nuestra Señora de Angustias can be found on top of the pediment, instead of a cross. The interior of the church is very simple and a bit modern.

    The first level of the facade was divided with 4 pillars on heavy finials and 2 niche can be found in between embellished with series of rosettes. San Pedro Regalado on the right side niche, the other one is empty. The bellfry is embellished with balustrade on the second level and climbing the tower through its back will show the road towards the highway and the Garin farm with a big cross can be seen from afar.

    The church was listed by the National Historical Institute as a National Cultural Treasure.

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    Visita Iglesia: Pavia Church

    by kemisteryoso Updated Oct 18, 2010

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    The town of Pavia is not far from Sta. Barbara. This is the 4th and last town we visited during our first day in Iloilo. We waited for jeepney bound to Pavia in front of the Football field in Sta. Barbara.We only paid P8.00 for the jeepney ride.
    Pavia is the smallest town of Iloilo province but is is the site of the Western Visayas Agro industrial Center. This town is adjacent to Jaro district of Iloilo City. Pavia of Milan, Italy is the burial place of Saint Augustine and in 1862, the Augustinians built the Byzantine Church in Pavia, Iloilo in honor of his Mother Santa Monica.
    This is the reason why we want to visit this town because we wanted to see its Italian inspired church which is also known as Sta. Monica Parish Church and it was designed with similarity to romanesque basilica of Pavia Italy.
    The church is made of red bricks and its walls is dominated by ornaments of byzantine architecture. The multi layered arch windows and pillared entrances are made of white coral stones. The facade is very clean and simple with the carved Greek cross, arch windows and multilayered rose windows as ornaments.
    There's an ongoing renovation in the church's interior during our visit so taking photo is not a good idea. The inside is also simple with series of arches lined the both side of the church leading to the altar.

    After this we headed to Jaro District then we checked in to One Lourdes Dormitel.

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    Plaza Sta. Barbara

    by kemisteryoso Written Oct 18, 2010

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    Another beautiful plaza of Iloilo. An old gazebo was positioned in the center of the plaza with green and flowering plants surrounds the area. A monument of Gen. Delgado is facing the Municipal town hall and Jose Rizal on the opposite end facing the road.

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