Laguladon Western Visayas, the Churches of Iloilo
Laguladon means explore! The long wait is over. Despite of the on and off weather on some parts in Visayas, our trip had been an ultimate discoveries and adventures. And to start our Laguladon Western Visayas trip, let’s visit the churches of Iloilo.
The trip is supposed to be my solo trip but after I created an itinerary for this, parang di ko kayang magsolo sa lahat ng expenses. So I asked my friends if they want to come with me. So some did.
Since we booked a Manila – Bacolod round trip ticket, we need to ride a fast ferry going to Iloilo. (Tip: Before to book a flight, consider the provinces nearby that you might visit as well. We should have booked Manila to Iloilo and Bacolod to Manila flight – less hassle, more time to travel).
Anyways, we arrived at New Bacolod Silay Airport at around 6:00 AM. It was cold outside, perhaps because of the morning breeze.
From the airport, we rode a tricycle outside the airport gate going to the highway, and from there we rode a L300 van going to the 27th street. (We don’t have a choice but to ride on the van since it’s raining). And from the 27th street, we rode a jeepney going to SM, then a tricycle going to the port. (You may ask the locals for directions, locals knows best). There are also van/shuttle from airport going to SM that costs PHP 120.00 / PHP 150.00. But our trip only cost PHP 55.00 all in all by commuting.
It took us an hour until we reach the Banago port. Lucky us, there is an on-going promo for oceanjet so we grabbed the chance. 🙂
Ticket costs PHP 350.00 round-trip (Libreng Sakay Pabalik Promo)
We ate our breakfast first as we waited for the boarding time. And at 7:45 AM, we’re on-board to Iloilo.
It was approximately an hour going to Iloilo from Bacolod. As soon as we reached Iloilo, Jessa, my friend texted her friend, Darl. Darl booked a ticket going to Iloilo. And we’ll meet her at Molo Church.
From the Muelley wharf, we walked until we reached the shell station (sorry I forgot what street is that). It was a 5 minute walk from the port. And from there, nagtanong kami sa barker if anong jeep pedeng sakyan going to Molo Church, and so he accompanied us on the other side of the street. He is a good man, tumawid pa talaga sya para pasakayin kami. 🙂
It took us 15 – 20 minutes until we reached the Molo plaza. Jeepney fare: PHP 7.00
When we arrived at the place, hinanap muna namin si Darl, and yun na-meet na din.
“The Molo Church is one the most familiar landmarks of Iloilo. Built in 1831, the church stands as a reminder of Iloilo’s rich history and a monument for Ilonngo artistery. The Molo excludes a blatant expression of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, the on of its kind outside Manila. The interior is a fusion of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, there is a constant alternation between the overpowering of Gothic and the recessive characteristics of Romanesque.” – exploreiloilo.com
We went inside the church. We prayed and gave thanks to God. It was a peaceful church, indeed.
The mass has just ended. It was not crowded unlike here in Manila. I like it, I can feel the serenity in the place.
After a couple of minutes, we decided to go and move to our next destination, Miag-ao Church. When we went out, we knocked at the church’s door and made a wish. From Molo, there are jeepneys going to Miag-ao. The jeepney fare is PHP 45.00 and would take 45 minutes to an hour ride.
After an hour of windy jeepney ride, we reached Miag-ao. It was a beautiful church. I was amazed of structure and how it looks like. Good thing there are no people around, we were able to take good pictures.
“Miag-ao Church or Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church is one of the four Baroque churches in the Philppines inscribe in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. This church was built between 1787 and 1797 under Francisco Maximo Gonzales, OSA. The design has a two fold purpose, one as a place of worship and the other as a fortress of protection against the invading Moro Pirates.” – exploreiloilo.com
The church’s design and architecture is beautiful, indeed. We roamed the place. And as we went inside, there are few people. After a few minutes, may lumabas na pari, may binyag pla. 🙂
Here are some of my photos taken inside.
There are still beautiful and historical churches in Iloilo but Molo And Miag-ao are the only two that we visited. If there is only enough time to visit all the churches here, we will do but we need to go as we need to be at Iloilo City by noon time for lunch.
Outside the church, just across the street where we alighted, there are jeeps going to Villa and from Villa Terminal we rode another jeep going to Robinson’s Iloilo. It was a bit faster going back ( approximately 45 minutes), and our jeep fare costs PHP 46.00 all in all.
These churches from Iloilo are captivating. They are serene and undisturbed. I felt peace when I PRAYED! Much closer to God.