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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

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Address: Zullieta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province 5023, Philippines

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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dipolog, Philippines
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Dipolog, Philippines
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 don't forget to pray 🙏

Thank melots12
Quezon City, Philippines
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108 reviews
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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
2 reviews
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 find the place magnificent to this day. A deserving UNESCO heritage site.

Thank BoredOwl
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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597 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
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, as were volcanoes and coral reefs. This gave a whole new dimension on how churches... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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130 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

This gem of a church is a place to visit and worship. It brings you back in the Spanish era with its intricate mason work inside and out. This has been granted as a UN Heritage site that greets its visitors with a touch of nostalgic feel.

Thank comp-aliance
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

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 

Thank bellepapillon247
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 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 

Thank JuyyujJuy
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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2 reviews
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...

Thank hospitalitydetective
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank Angelo O

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