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Guimbal Church, National Hwy, Guimbal, Iloilo, Philippines
Opening Hours
Monday: Closed; Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday: 6:00 – 9:00 PM; Thursday: Closed; Friday: Closed; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance From City Center
131 m
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Guimbal Church

Guimbal Church in Iloilo

Guimbal Church was estimated to have been built under the guidance of Friar Juan Aguado sometime in the early 1740’s. Located along the coastal municipality of Guimbal, Iloilo province, the church was completed three decades later in 1774, under the auspices of Friar Juan Campos, making it one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. 

It is locally known as the Parish of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino, as the church was named after Nicholas of Tolentino, the patron saint of holy souls. Gimbal church was destroyed twice - during the second world war, and in 1948 during an 8.2 earthquake that shook Panay island. It had to be reconstructed both times, and while the inside of the church has a more modern look, it has retained the integrity of its centuries-old facade to this day. 

One of its most distinctive features is the facade's yellow appearance, the result of using adobe, yellow limestone blocks and powdered coral stones quarried from Guimaras. The frontage is flanked by two round pilasters with floral carvings as well as a formidable looking vintage belfry that is said to have been used as a watchtower during the Spanish period. With its two meter thick wall and four-storey tall belfry, it must have been an effective fortress against the pillaging Moro pirates, which was said to have been its other main purpose: to protect the municipality from unsavory characters. 

How to get there

You can take a Guimbal Jeepney to get to Guimbal Church in front of the Molo branch of Iloilo Supermart. 

Best time to visit

The church is open to the public daily..