Miagao Church, Miagao Iloilo

These pictures of Miagao Church where taken by my boss on his trip to Iloilo. He’s been waiting for a long time for these pictures to be published on my blog. Hope you like it.

Miag-ao Church, Iloilo


Miagao Church, Miagao Iloilo

The Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in the town of Miagao, Iloilo is one of the Philippines’ architectural and religious gems. Built between 1787 and 1797, its fortress-like design suggests its dual purpose as a place of worship and as a fort used in defending the town against moro raiders at the time. It is one of only four (Augustinian-built) churches in the country to make it to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.

Miag-ao Church

Its unique features include the unusual Aztec like bas-relief in the façade depicting St. Christopher carrying the baby Jesus through a tropical forest. The adobe used in building the church is made from silt and clay that can only be found in this part of Iloilo, giving the building a unique warm-yellowish glow. Flying buttresses from the side of the church walls are typical of the “earthquake baroque” design reminiscent of churches in Ilocos, particularly that of Paoay Church and Vigan Cathedral. Also of note are the dissimilar designs of the two belfries; both were commissioned by two different parish priests. The church’s simple interior is nevertheless highlighted by a striking gold-plated retablo.

Miagao is about 40kms south-west of Iloilo City. Jeepneys can take you from the city proper to this town in about 45 minutes.

Source: Waypoints




  1. 1
    joe Says:

    Your boss displays a real talent for photography! Excellent images of the Miagao Church!

  2. 2
    Angelica Says:

    oh really? He really has this eye for photography. I still have lots of his photo’s about miagao church. I can post more next time. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3

    i really love this church…… this church will be the place of my future wedd…..

  4. […] Church is truly a gem. Worthy of the highest accolades.  Other Sites to Visit: Explore Iloilo, Agraphia   Other Blog Sites to Visit: Valerie Caulin, I Heart Manila, Nomadic Experiences, The Pinay Solo […]

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