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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

Zullieta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province 5023, Philippines
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A reflection of rich history

As you marvel at the carvings on the stones at the facade of the church, you will realize how... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
John Paul P
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iloilo

There are only four churches in the Philippines declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
CzarEmmanuel
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Manila, Philippines
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Zullieta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province 5023, Philippines
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

As you marvel at the carvings on the stones at the facade of the church, you will realize how intricate the designs are and how wonderful the church is. It is one of the few baroque churches that are UNESCO world heritage sites. It is...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

There are only four churches in the Philippines declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of them is the late 18th century Church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Miag-ao, Iloilo. It is only a 45-minute drive from Iloilo City and is a must-see for...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

I'm in awe. the structure if this church is fantastic. It is old but the people did a great job in maintaining it. Kudos to them. a must see church. and its very big also.

Thank mcpearllea
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Appreciate the history in this protected church . On our passage to Antique we went out of our way to visit and ask for silent blessings. Worth taking photos. Similar to the one in Laoag , Ilocos Norte.

Thank doctorfoxtrot
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

What I like about this church is that the facade feels Filipino. There are palm trees and papaya trees. Built in 1787, it was damaged in an earthquake in 1948. I am proud to say that my grand uncle was instrumental in having it restored....More

Thank Coellum
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

If you're in iloilo don't miss to visit the very beautiful church in Miagao. The walls of the church has a unique design that will catch the attention of the tourists. Vintage yet beautiful. It's one hour drive from city heading to south. Of course...More

Thank melots12
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Majectic historical airconditioned church! It's a jeepney ride away from Iloilo City. There's a busy park in front the church where you can observe families and friends loiter while the mass is ongoing.

Thank Lawrence A
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Built in the highest point of Miagao, this church captivated me the first time I saw it. It was used in the earlier days as a fortress to help keep the townspeople safe from Moro invaders. It is rich in culture and history. I still...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Another iconic church in iloilo! One can say that hard work can really pay of! The church has beautiful details in the facade! Really there is magic in iloilo and there is in this church!

Thank Ricardo L
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Miagao is a UNESCO World Heritage site - it's architecture typically Baroque - a style which the Spanish were experts in building in. What the Spaniards were unaccustomed to was the topography and geology of the Philippines - earthquakes and typhoons are alien to Spain,...More

1  Thank Nigel G
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