Tigbauan Things to Do
Restoration works on the church belfry are ongoing. Please give your share in restoring the tower that will house the antique bell. You may drop your contribution in the wooden box or give directly to the Parish office.Related to:
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Tigbauan Church, also known as the Parish of St. John of Sahagun dates back to 1575, making it one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Not everything that you see there today is original, considering that the church interior was razed during the Second World War and struck by an earthquake in 1948. It had undergone repairs, reconstruction and a lot of renovations as time went by.
Today, Tigbauan Church's modern-style interior is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Rev. Eleuterio Rojo Carton is credited for the artistic reconstruction and redesigning of the church interior. Using his God-given artistic talent, he was responsible for the art direction in employing amazing colorful murals made up of tile mosaics to adorn the church interior, including the altar and the Stations of the Cross. I learned that these masterpieces were created by a local artist; sadly, I wasn't able to get his name.Related to:
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From Iloilo City, take a jeepney bound for Miagao, or if you’re coming from Miagao, take a jeepney or bus bound for Iloilo City and ask the driver to drop you off at Tigbauan Church. It is along the highway so you won’t miss it.
I don't know how much is the jeepney ride from Iloilo City direct to Tigbauan. We went to Tigbauan after our visit to Maiagao and Guimbal churches, and spent the following for our jeepney rides:
Iloilo City to Miagao: P45/pax
Miagao to Guimbal: P17/pax
Guimbal to Tigbauan: P7/paxRelated to:
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Tigbauan Local Customs
Within the Tigbauan Church is a small chapel in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino de Tigbauan. The townsfolk believe in the miraculous icon of the Sto. Nino de Tigbauan so they put up a separate chapel where devotees can venerate the image and offer prayers.
The story of Sr. Sto. Nino de Tigbauan dates back to the Spanish times in San Joaquin, Iloilo. While fishing, the capitan supposedly caught an object which he thought was a big fish, but turned out to be an image of the Santo Nino. He thought it best to give it to the town friar who later placed it at the church altar. One day, the convent was raided by bandits who came to town. They ransacked the place and threatened to kill the friar. Then, a small child suddenly appeared pointing to his heart. Scared, the bandits left the priest unharmed. The priest later sought refuge in Tigbauan, Iloilo and brought the image of Santo Nino with him. There were several stories of the image "lost"/missing many times, and surprisingly found at the San Joaquin Church. Some travelers reportedly met a child on their way, and when questioned where he was going, he replied that he was going to San Joaquin, his beloved town.
There's another story of a fisherman who came to the friar in Tigbauan to ask payment for the fish which a child bought from him, supposedly upon the order of the friar. Puzzled because he had never ordered any child to buy fish, the friar paid the fisherman anyway. When the priest was preparing for Mass the next morning, he noticed a string of decomposing fish hanging from the fingers of the Santo Nino icon.
The above stories are often talked about when tourists ask why there is a chapel for Sto. Nino de Tigbauan. While the Faithful believe in these stories as miracles, the Holy Church has not authenticated them. It would be prudent on our part as tourists not to negate the locals' belief.Related to:
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Tigbauan What to Pack
Luggage and bags: beltbag or small backpack, camera bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing & sandals will do.
Photo Equipment: Be prepared with extra charged batteries, cleared memory cards, tripod, and lenses. It is such a pity if you can't take a photo of the intricate tile mosaic murals.Related to: