A trip to Iloilo is not complete without dropping by a church or two to marvel at their beautiful forms. Iloilo has of lots of these architectural gems, each town has its own iconic and historical church or cathedral - a reminder of the rich Roman Catholic influence brought about by almost 400 years of Spanish rule.
I visited a few on my last trip there, beginning with Jaro Cathedral. I went straight to the cathedral after arriving on an early morning flight. There are vans that conveniently pass by Jaro plaza where the church is located, so it was my first stop before breakfast.
The cathedral is still ongoing renovations/restoration. The last time I visited it, there were scaffolding all over the church interior, and as of this writing, the altar area is still being worked on.
After spending some quiet time in Concepcion, I made it a point to visit Miagao church. Just like Jaro Cathedral on my last visit, Miagao church was undergoing maintenance. This time I'm hoping to take photos of the facade sans the scaffolding.
I took a jeep heading south to San Joaquin before sunrise and got off in Miagao plaza near the church. The 45-minute trip was uneventful and air was cool from last night's heavy downpour. The sky was overcast but I was optimistic the sun will come out. And it did, after almost 2 hours of waiting.
This UNESCO Heritage Site (Baroque Churches of the Philippines) is worth the visit every single time. Its cream colored coral stones and intricate bas-relief glowed in the early morning sun.
On the way back to the city, a dropped by Guimbal's small church. Officially known as Church of San Nicalas of Tolentino, it was built in 1774 under the supervision of a Spanish priest named Fr. Campos.
The church design is evidently baroque, but one can see Oriental and Corinthian elements such as the columns, pillars, and rosettes. The current belfry is not the original structure but the replacement was made to complement the look of the church.
I was not able to take photos of the church interior as it was close to noon already, and I have to hurry back to my hotel, pack my stuff, and catch an afternoon flight back to Manila.