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Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva (Miagao Church)

Address: Zulueta Ave., Miagao, Iloilo Province, Philippines
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Tour of south eastern Iloilo. We hired a taxi for 300 peso per hour rate in order to cover as much places as possible in a day's tour of the south. First in our itinerary is the Garin Farm in San Joaquin Iloilo then the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Miag-ao on our way back. Unfortunately, the church... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Travelling to Miagao from Iloilo City: We took a jeep to Miagao from one of the wet markets (Super? I think) for Php50.00 each. And another Php50.00 to ride the jeep returning to Iloilo City. Worth the travel but make sure to allot enough time to get there. It takes a little over an hour to an hour and a... More 

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I went around Iloilo, although my tour was limited to the city and the southern towns. I know many will argue that Gigantes Island could be the province's top draw. But the quiet beauty of this church speaks eloquently. It seems to say I am good enough reason to come, and I fully agree. Its baroque architecture defines it, and... More 

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Taguig City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is the best church I have visited, not only in Iloilo, but in the Philippines. This is actually one of the best preserved churches. If you are looking for history and architecture, this is definitely worth the visit. More or less 2 hours away from the city center but is definitely a great place to be in.

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iloilo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

1. The Philippine baroque facade design-- nothing like it in the world. There's St. Christopher carrying the child Jesus on his shoulder. Then, find out what Philippine flora are there beside him. 2. The ornate retablo behind the altar (a relatively recent addition by former parish priest Msgr. Sale), inspired by the facade.

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Iloilo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This historical site is full of intrigue and beauty. We enjoyed the 2 hour drive down from Iloilo City (south) and stopped at the beach on the way back. We wished there was more description of the church's history and how it was made at the site, so be sure to research before you get there if that is of... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Miag-ao Church is 1 to 1.5 hour drive from the city proper. It is one jeepney ride from Super where the terminal is located. You may also go there via Ceres bus. It may be a long trip but it's worth it. The church boasts of it's architecture both from the outside and inside of the church. Though situated along... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Lived in Iloilo half of my life but never had the chance to visit this place. A church that needs to be visited if you're into old churches. Beautiful architecture and the construction of the whole place is interesting. From ground up, all made from local materials. A must if in the vicinity to appreciate a piece of history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It is a good church. Beautiful place but small. I ride jeep from iloilo to miag-ao need50p and about 1~1.5 hr. the landscape from iloilo to miagao is really good. (the church have not much to see)

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Iloilo City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is the second UNESCO Heritage Site in the Philippines that i visited. And I so love it! The smell inside the church is earthy and i can feel the vibes of classical baroque artistry. The exteriors and the facade is very beautiful and very lovely to look at. The people too are very accommodating and very hospitable. I requested... More 

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