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the beautiful and unique church of miagao.
finally! we reached miagao! one of the last towns at the south of iloilo! i had never been this far inside iloilo province when i was a teenager. i was just stuck at the farm if i was there. not the most thrilling experience in my life. hahaha. but now, weve roadtripped from the northern coast to the southern coast of iloilo province!

the miagao churh is not a cathedral, it is just a church located in the town of miagao. but it looks striking and imposing, because of its design. the church is stands out from the rest of the churches of the world because of its unique and peculiar design.

palangga found a parking place beside the church, when we got down, we recieved a lot of stares from the people! ahahaha and there was a band going on and if there is a band playing in front of the church at midday it can only mean theres a funeral mass going on.
ahahaha.

so we waited for some time before going inside the church as people from all walks of life, a funeral car, men in white with glasses crammed the church. we went to the side of the church, and i find it so really unusual, it was made of thick slabs of stones put together like a jenga puzzle.

as i was taking pictures of the church with bad lighting due to bad weather, i came across some informations. the church was built in the 17 th century, so that means it was in the baroque period of architecture. but not only that i find amusing, the facade of the church with a palm tree etched in it. i have never seen a spanish principalia influenced by indios.  but there was more to the church, it was first constructed as a fortification to protect against the moros (muslim), was damaged by fire and earthquake and was only restored in the 1960's.
the facade of miagao church.
with such history and historical purpose, the church stands proudly among the other churches in the philippines and i dare say, the world.


ben and me waited for a while before tje funeral mass was finshed and it tooooook a looooonng time before the coffin was carried ont to the funeral car complete with bands playing.

so we went in, while my aunt,  manay boogie sat and prayed. the church is very cool and dampy inside, i think the thick walls prevents the heat form outside. the church isnt really spectacular inside because it doenst make any difference from other churches in the philippines - INSIDE. but there was one thing that surprised me as i havent seen it for so many years, last time i saw it, when i was a child.
estatua de san juan de bautista?
  it was a giant clam used as font for the holy water! i couldnt believe it, because it connects the old world from the modern. it is so beautiful. sort of a pagan ritual combined with christianity. i also saw the rarest virgin mary icon in the world! the last time i saw this when i was studying in a strict catholic elementary school, the virgin mary wearing a saya (a traditional dress of the filipino women in the spanish colonial times).


after our church experience, me and ben didnt stayed long inside because were not really religious, its time to eat! but, there were no decent restos for us there to sit down and relax. we found a bakery and we hurriedly went to it!  i saw one that i already like, sweet bread with chicken filling inside it and i ordered, ben also like that and he ordered one for himself, but one thing that catched my attention, was that a bread shaped like a pig was on display! ahahahhaa i wanted to take a picture of it! but it would be rude to take a bread, take a picutre and put it back again! ahahaha so i said to the seller thati wanted to buy one, but my auntie's hands were already in her wallet and she paid everything! aaarghhhh i really really like the pig bread! ahahaha i dont want to eat it! but just take a picture of it!  its just too good to eat! ahahaha but manay boogie said, that she will give the bread to her mother as we go to my mother's farm.
beautiful miagao church.


so we went to the jeep and head back to la paz to pick our things! sounds good, as we have so many time before our flight departs at 8 pm!




marix_sublime says:
ito na lang ang hindi ko pa nakikita in person na ksama sa UNESCO world heritage sites sa mga church ha. 8 kc ang world heritage site sa pinas, 4 churches, tas me 4 na iba't ibang lugar, like the rice terraces, vigan cultural village, tubbataha reef at sempre nalimot ko un isa, hahahaahah! basta walo un.
Posted on: Aug 27, 2009
lauro says:
rutch: kami naman nung april pero 3 days lang! unexpected eh!
Posted on: Jun 09, 2009
lauro says:
miguel: tu, gracias para todo! sonrisas, commentarios! muy apreciado! saludos desde alemania! ^_^
Posted on: Jun 09, 2009
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the beautiful and unique church of…
the beautiful and unique church o…
the facade of miagao church.
the facade of miagao church.
estatua de san juan de bautista?
estatua de san juan de bautista?
beautiful miagao church.
beautiful miagao church.
the unique design of the facade.
the unique design of the facade.
a history of the church.
a history of the church.
thick walls.
thick walls.
the church ground.
the church ground.
manay boogie teaching ben a little…
manay boogie teaching ben a littl…
side entrance of the church.
side entrance of the church.
a small window within thr thick wa…
a small window within thr thick w…
a side entrance.
a side entrance.
one of the belfrys.
one of the belfrys.
a terrace.
a terrace.
beautiful and curious at the same …
beautiful and curious at the same…
me going the side door of the chur…
me going the side door of the chu…
the church altar.
the church altar.
light coming in from the church.
light coming in from the church.
simply painted ceiling.
simply painted ceiling.
the interior of the church.
the interior of the church.
iron chandeliers.
iron chandeliers.
nave of the church.
nave of the church.
a beautiful giant clam as holy wat…
a beautiful giant clam as holy wa…
this is very filipino.
this is very filipino.
ben!
ben!
the rare virgin mary statue.
the rare virgin mary statue.
one of a kind as shes wearing a t…
one of a kind as she's wearing a …
the baptism corner of the church.
the baptism corner of the church.
light creeps.
light creeps.
nyahahaha me and ben! ^_^
nyahahaha me and ben! ^_^
bread bread bread from spanish inf…
bread bread bread from spanish in…
ahahahahahaha its a pig really!
ahahahahahaha its a pig really!
the pig bread!
the pig bread!
balut - duck embryo egg ^_^
balut - duck embryo egg ^_^
my aunt paid everything.
my aunt paid everything.
hahahah like superman ^_^ changed …
hahahah like superman ^_^ changed…
Miagao
photo by: lauro