I don’t know why every time I fly it is to visit Iloilo, my mother’s home province
The first time I flew there that I’m old enough to remember was in 2013. Then I visited again in 2015 for a uni organization trip. This is probably the reason why I’m bent on traveling/flying to other places lmao.
This year, we stayed there for six days, which mostly consisted of family reunions. However, I’m only going to post our Visita Iglesia 1Also called Seven Churches Visitation. Catholics usually do it on Maundy Thursday. Don’t worry I won’t bore you with Catholic details as I’m not a very religious one. and our beach trip.
I have to confess, I’m not a religious person. I don’t go to mass every Sunday. I used to in elementary, when our attendance was required, and I was also part of the choir. But those are in the past. Also, I have visited most of these churches during our uni organization trip in 2015. So imagine my reaction when my mother said we’re doing the same thing.
But I did it! I endured the heat and press of bodies as we visited Iloilo’s beautiful ancient churches.
We did Visita Iglesia, or Seven Churches Visitation, on our second day in Iloilo. Unfortunately, we were all too tired to complete seven, so we only visited six
First church: Miagao Church
Built in 1797, it is one of the four Baroque Spanish-era churches here in the Philippines and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Second church: Guimbal Church
It is also known as St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish that was built in 1774. It is also called as Iloilo’s Yellow Sandstone landmark due to its yellow-colored limestone blocks.
Third church: Tigbauan Church
The sun was setting by the third church we visited because we started around noon. This church actually has an arch in front of it (the column on the left photo is one side of it) but I didn’t get to take a photo with a view of it because I hated those parked cars. Why would anyone park in front of a church that was built in 1575?
Fourth church: Sto. Niño de Arevalo Church
I can’t find the year it was built, but this church is apparently home to the third oldest Santo Niño figure in the Philippines. I think it was newly-renovated because its paint job looks different compared to the photos I’ve seen online.
Fifth church: Parish of the Immaculate Conception
This is definitely the more modern one out of the six churches we visited. Apparently, it was built after a 1948 earthquake destroyed the church that stood before it.
Sixth church: Molo Church
This is my favorite out of the six. It’s tall, grand, and imposing. And besides the fact that the whole church is air-conditioned, the altar was darkened and it had hanging lights that looked like stars from afar. It was built in 1831.
The beach we visited was in a resort called Alobijod Cove. The beach has white sand but there were too many people for my liking, it’s almost like Boracay.
True to its name, it had a cove which has super clear water. It’s where I took my rashguard suit IG photo in my last post lol.
We also found a doggo by the beach! We didn’t know whose doggo she was because she was chillin’ in a cottage all by herself. I wanted to look for her owner but we were leaving already, which was so sad.
And that is it! So, how was your Easter break?
I apologize once again for the late post. I’ve been very busy with work requirements for the past week. I feel very much like an adult while filling out forms but there were so many I think my hand cramped at one point lol. I have also been going back and forth from my previous employer to my new one and it is exhausting. Just another reason to choose your first job carefully and make sure it’s the one you want
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|1.||⇡||Also called Seven Churches Visitation. Catholics usually do it on Maundy Thursday. Don’t worry I won’t bore you with Catholic details as I’m not a very religious one.|
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