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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

Address: Zulueta Ave., Miagao, Iloilo Province, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Miagao
Type: Religious sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Melbourne, Australia
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1,299 reviews 1,299 reviews
486 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Remnants of the 1777 - 1787 construction of this Catholic Church in Philippine Baroque style still stand as a testament to the builders. The incredibly thick walls of this Church are amazing. The Church is kept locked on weekdays and Saturdays due to its extremely valuable altars with their gold. Sadly despite 80 per cent plus of Filipinos being Catholic,... More 

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Manila
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This church is one of the most gorgeous structure in the Philippines. The area was properly organized by the local government. Just few meters from the highway, so it's not that stressful to located, especially those people with private vehicle.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Staying with my friends family for two weeks during the New Year and they definitely wanted to be "tourists" in their hometown for once. So we decided to hit up TripAdvisor for some recommendations and this church came up, so we hit the road. First of all driving in Phillipines is an experience that should be rated as a "Thing... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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208 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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128 reviews 128 reviews
58 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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