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Frequently asked questions

Where is Jaro Cathedral located?

Jaro Cathedral is located in Jaro, Iloilo. It’s 4 kilometers away from Iloilo City proper, about 20 minutes away. Meanwhile, it’s 17 kilometers away from Iloilo International Airport, about 25 minutes of land travel.

When was Jaro Cathedral built?

Jaro Cathedral was founded in 1587, but the present structure of the cathedral was finished in 1874.

Why is it called the ‘male church’ of Iloilo?

Jaro Cathedral is called the male church of Iloilo because of the male saints standing within the church in two columns. But there is one female statue in the cathedral, called Our Lady of Candles or Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, which is said to be miraculous.

What can I do in Jaro Cathedral?

Aside from praying and admiring the church’s architecture, you may check out the Bell Tower and the Chapel of Lights located near the church.

What are the best Jaro Cathedral tours in the Philippines?

Most Jaro Cathedral tours are combined with other Iloilo tourist attractions such as Garin Farm, Molo Church, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Casa Mariquit, Iloilo River Esplanade, Fort San Pedro, Lizares Mansion, and more.