Last December 23, 2015, me and my family went on a trip to Garin Farm in San Joaquin, Iloilo. The trip was just a short notice from my parents with less than two days of planning. It was such a busy week for all of us especially that we’re preparing for Christmas and New Year’s celebration and this trip is a good reason to take a break for a while and spend time with each other.
We cannot cancel or postpone this trip because my parents are going to be busy with work. We recharged our energy, packed our bags and left home for this happy and memorable trip. The day before we left, my Mom told us that we should stop by at Miagao Church first since it’s the last town before San Joaquin, the location of our next destination. No one disagreed. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest churches in the country. I love visiting old churches, houses, buildings, etc. There is something about these places that are so charming. 🙂 We’re all excited to see what the church looks like in person and all of us have never been there except for my sister Ayris, who went there during their class field trip.
It was a 2 hour trip from home to Iloilo. We left at around 4:00 am and arrived at the bus terminal at around 6:00 am. Took a ride in one of the jeepneys going to the jeepney terminal where we could find jeepneys that will take us to the town of Miagao. After 45 minutes to 1 hour of travel we arrived at the town of Miagao. The whole ride was not boring because the view along the road are so pretty and we passed by three to four towns and have seen there plazas and churches. #WOW
Unfortunately, I was not able to take a photo of the church’s facade because there was a funeral mass going on when we arrive and the funeral car is parked outside the church, so we have to wait outside for the mass to end before entering the church. The church was breathtaking, it was huge. The largest church I’ve seen so far in my entire life. Such a beauty. The mass went on for about an hour so we had snacks first, took pictures and walked around the area.
I think that this is where the priest lives.
Objects I find interesting around the church’s area.
The shape of the trees are cute. The one on the right looks like a jelly ace. 🙂
The leaves have fallen and I have fallen in love with my white sneakers from Penshoppe. Scored this one on their buy 2 for PHP 800 promo. This is my current favorite.
Presenting Miagao Church also know as Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church. Right side view only. 🙂 The area is clean and looks well maintained.
The details are intricate.
The church is made from adobe, limestone, coral and egg according to Wikipedia. One of my history teachers, told us that the egg whites were used as cement to glue together all the stone blocks when this type of churches were built during the Spanish colonial period. Amazing right? And there is a theory that the delicious leche flan (Filipino version) was born because of this. The leftover egg yolks were used to make this sweet dessert.
Yes! The mass finally ended but we only have a very short time spent inside the church because there will be another funeral mass. Said a little prayer and took a few photos for remembrance.
The altar is gorgeous.
A closer look at it.
The ceiling. Just look at the details on the sides. The workers must have been very patient.
The door on the left side of the church which also looks the same as on the right. Lovely designs. I haven’t got the chance to take a look at the church’s main door.
Goodbye! We haven’t explored all of the church interiors but it’s okay, this short visit is a beautiful reminder to visit the place again.
Because we have to be resourceful, I searched and have found a photo of the church showcasing its facade.
If you are interested to know more about Miagao church you can read about its history, architecture and other whereabouts in these websites: