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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

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Address: Zulueta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province, Philippines

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Historic church

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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.

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Sto. Tomas Villanuea Church in Miagao is a beautiful and very ornate church and is another fine example of Filipinos' talent and ingenuity. Staring at its elaborately-decorated facade and walls, I could not be any prouder of this Filipino UNESCO World Heritage site. Traveling by jeepney for 2 hours from Iloilo City to Miagao, it was definitely worth it.... More 

Thank Jubert A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

You will fall in love with it's beauty. The wall carvings in front is a work of art. They said that the walls are made up of corals. The church itself is beautiful and you don't need to edit your photo for a picture perfect quality.

Thank Mara F
Iloilo City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We walked around and took a few pictures. Mass was being held and it was packed. Interesting that it was sacked and burned by the Muslims in the late 1700's and rebuilt. Was not aware that Muslims made it this far North in the Philippines. About one hour from Iloilo City proper.

Thank Jay L
Baguio, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

a large, quite imposing structure; it has a beautifully carved exterior and an interior that is spacious and marvelous. my friends got married here...it was a memorable event, having the whole church to ourselves...I have seen many churches in Iloilo but this one in Miag-ao still captivates me every time i visit it.

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Santa Rosa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

The Miagao church's beautiful exterior invites passers by to drop in. The front and most of the side doors were closed, but apparently the last door on the right side is always open. Other than the ornate altar and the baptismal chapel the interior is quite simple. But it's the façade that is the real attraction of the structure.

Thank GerryBA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

The simplicity of the interior kind of mocks the abundant outdoor decorations. The entrance is in the right side of the church almost at the back. Lovely church, do not expect to spent a whole afternoon in Miag-ao, you can easily combine the visit to the church with something else, like a trip into the mountains.

Thank LeavingHolland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

The miagao church one of the best places to visit in the Philippines. Its faćade is jawdropping with its impossing design and a massive figure. This church can take you on a massive throwback to just how much the Philippines value its religion. A beautifully constructed church which is well preserved both inside and out truly something you would not... More 

Thank Jan N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

My grandparents had their vows renewed in this church the first time we went. It is very beautiful. You can hear the church bells throughout the town.

Thank Theresa P

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