Searching for old churches in Iloilo
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We were a bit clueless as to where the churches in Iloilo City are. Seeing all these churches was kind of difficult than I assumed. With the limited time we had we were able to see a few churches only.
1. The Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral - also known as shrine of Our Lady of Candles and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as well as the parish of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. The statue of the Virgin Mary in the altar was canonically crowned by Pope John Paul II when he visited the country in 1982. This is the church where the Filipino hero Graciano Lopez Jaena was baptized. Across the street is the Jaro belfy which is the remnant of an older building that collapsed during an earthquake.
2. La Paz Church - church with neoclassical features built in the 1800's.
3. San Jose Church - first church in Iloilo City built in 1617. A plaza with a monument dedicated to Jose Rizal is found across the street. This is ironic since Rizal went against the Catholic church ran by the Spaniards when he was alive.
4. Jaro Evangelical Church - first Baptist Church in the Philippines
5. Philippine Independent Church
There were churches that we missed like the Miag-ao church and the Molo church. Also missed going to the museum as well as the Lopez colonial home.
We also got to taste original La Paz Batchoy which I could say was the best I have ever tasted.
On our way to the port, we passed by a statue of Nicolas Loney, a consul of England to Iloilo in the 1800's which sadly was heavily was vandalized.
Bought our tickets and we're on our way back to Bacolod City.