We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Zulueta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province, Philippines
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 116 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Truly impressive. It's worth the drive...

I've heard a lot of good things about this church and when I finally saw it with my own eyes, it didn't disappoint. I found out that this 200+ year old church is now classified as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
bellepapillon247
,
Los Angeles, California
Add Photo Write a Review

116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 109: English reviews
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've heard a lot of good things about this church and when I finally saw it with my own eyes, it didn't disappoint. I found out that this 200+ year old church is now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. I have seen truly captivating churches in other parts of the world because of their intricate designs like the... More 

Helpful?
Thank bellepapillon247
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just an hour drive from Iloilo City, the church is located at the heart of the municipality. Stalls and souvenir shops surrounding it makes it easy for tourists to purchase items to bring home. Opposite the church is the plaza, the cultural hall where theatrical plays, musical and dance competetions are held and a municipal hall at the back of... More 

Helpful?
Thank JuyyujJuy
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Miagao church is one of those you shouldn't missed to include in your selfie collections.... A UNESCO World Heritage site and a century old church. Must be visited when your in Miagao...

Helpful?
Thank hospitalitydetective
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Interesting but not cured so much the church.It's present a parking in front of it. All around shops and close to the location many resort. It's good for a 20 minutes break no more.

Helpful?
Thank Angelo O
Bacoor, Philippines
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This place is just picture perfect being a UNESCO world heritage site you shouldn't miss going here when in Iloilo. It does close down on lunchtime so make sure not to go there at around that time.

Helpful?
Thank jangclowd
Metro Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

It is about over an hour drive from Iloilo City to Miag-Ao where this church branded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is located. Its facade has a very intricate design. Truly captivating.

Helpful?
Thank rej26qmd
Taguig City, Philippines
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

For UNESCO site and heritage preservation fans like me, a trip to this Baroque church is definitely an item in my Iloilo travel list. In it's grandest scale, perfectly situated on top of the town the church itself welcomes visitors to its own charm. Aside from the lack of resource materials, related shops and interesting eateries surrounding the church vicinity,... More 

Helpful?
Thank sherwinology
Makati, Philippines
Level Contributor
58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Such magnificence of a church built through forced labor. We visited on a Saturday, and a hearse was in front of the church as the funeral services were going on. We wanted to take pictures of the facade of the church, but had to cut the views available.

Helpful?
Thank annep145
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church (aka Miag-ao Church) is a must see for historic church seekers. It's a amazing church rich in architecture and history.

Helpful?
Thank asc35
Metro Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
147 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Many of the UNESCO sites are flooded with tourists, and the locals around the site cater to their needs such as gift shops, restaurants, hotels etc. The one that impressed me most was this was a normal church with a normal surroundings, no different than the one in the next town down the road. The beauty, history and significance, you... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank rokasanda

Travellers who viewed Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church also viewed

Iloilo City, Iloilo Province
Boracay, Aklan Province
 

Been to Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?