Searching for old churches in Iloilo

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Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral

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.

Churches visited:

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.

Jaro Belfry
In the same plot of land as the belfry is the plaza dedicated to Lopez Jaena where one can see his monument as well as a monument for war veterans.

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.

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Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral
Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral
Jaro Belfry
Jaro Belfry
Graciano Lopez Jaena Plaza
Graciano Lopez Jaena Plaza
Monument of Graciano Lopez Jaena
Monument of Graciano Lopez Jaena
Lopez Jaena touching the cross
Lopez Jaena touching the cross
Monument for Panay War Veterans
Monument for Panay War Veterans
yummy La Paz Batchoy
yummy La Paz Batchoy
Kingkong was told not to drop the …
Kingkong was told not to drop the…
first Baptist Church in the Phils.
first Baptist Church in the Phils.
La Paz Church
La Paz Church
Phil. Independent Church
Phil. Independent Church
another cool tryke
another cool tryke
trees growing testicles
trees growing testicles