Miagao Church Tours
Visit one of the top tourist spots in Iloilo with these Miagao Church tours. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site in person and find out for yourself what makes it a unique attraction.

Miagao Church Tours

Visit one of the top tourist spots in Iloilo with these Miagao Church tours. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site in person and find out for yourself what makes it a unique attraction.
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South of Iloilo Sightseeing Day Tour | With Transfer and Guide

Hop on this journey to the South countryside of Iloilo and witness the transformation of history and architecture in various churches and lands. Sometimes a trip to the past is just what you need to appreciate the present. After the driver guide picks you up within Iloilo City, you will be taken to San Joaquin Church, a Roman Catholic Church built in 1869. It distinguishes itself from other churches because of its facade depicting the Spanish victory over the Moroccan forces during the Battle of Tetuan. The church is made of limestones quarried from the mountains of Iqbaras and white coral stones from its shores. Alongside that is the San Joaquin Cemetery or the Campo Santo, a cemetery popular for its baroque architecture made of white coral and fossil stones. The cemetery is enclosed by stone walls and wrought iron grills. It is one of the best-preserved cemetery in the entire province and sits on a hill overlooking the sea. Standing at the center is the Baroque-style mortuary chapel which is the centerpiece of the cemetery. Following that is the Garin Farm of San Joaquin where you will experience a unique spiritual journey. The farm is an inland resort that combines architecture, leisure, and religion to form a recreational place and a pilgrimage site in one location. The place is also a functional farm that showcases agricultural practices and houses various livestock and crops. You can buy your pasalubong treats at Mama’s Kitchen and Sinamay House. It is a well-preserved ancestral house that acts like a museum featuring sinamay while selling delicacies such as crunchies with various flavors such as cashew, pinipig, tsokolate, and peanut. Next, you will be taken to one of the oldest churches in the country, the Guimbal Church, built in 1774 by Father Campos. This church is made of yellow sandstones, adobe stones called igang, and coral stones quarried from Guimaras. Its belfry is four stories high and became a watchtower during the Spanish occupation against the Moro pirates. Not so far is the Taytay Boni, a stone bridge built in 1854 originally meant to be used by horse-drawn carriages. It was built using large yellow coral stone slabs called tablea from the mountain of Iqbaras and held together using lime. It was still passable before and after the World War II. The route of the old Spanish road can be seen into the distance at the end of the bridge. Lunch will be served at Camina Balay na Bato, a 150-year-old stone house in Molo turned into a restaurant to serve Iloilo’s best heirloom dishes. It is the perfect place for food, history, and stories of Iloilo told by the 4th generation of the Caminas family. Don’t forget to try and get a taste of the rich and thick Pancit Molo with the meaty Molo dumpling. After that, you will visit a Latin American-style church Tigbauan Church. The church was constructed in 1575 but was destroyed during an earthquake in 1948. Its facade is in Mexican plateresque and at the center is an Augustinan order seal surrounded by a retablo-like floral frieze. Above is a niche flanked by pilasters embellished with flowers and a depiction of San Juan and an image of Santo Nino. The tour will end at the majestic Miag-ao Church or the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Completed in 1797, the church is famous for its artistic sculptural relief carved on its façade. It is the living legacy of the culture and way of life of the people in Miag-ao which is anchored in the strong foundation of their Christian faith. Appreciate Iloilo’s heritage sites with this private guided day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Iloilo Pilgrimage & Sightseeing Private Guided Day Tour

Discover Iloilo’s idyllic countryside with this private guided tour that will take you to a popular pilgrimage site and some UNESCO World Heritage churches. If you consider yourself spiritual or a history enthusiast, this tour is suited as it perfectly blends religious attractions and historical sightseeing.   After being picked up from your accommodation in Iloilo town proper, your tour guide will discuss the itinerary and points of interests that you will pass by along the way to your first stop, Tigbauan Church. This centuries-old church stands out because of its Latin American  architecture. One arresting feature is the mosaic wall showing Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden. From Tigbauan, you will proceed to Miag-ao Church. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the four churches listed collectively as Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Another notable church you will visit in Iloilo is the San Joaquin Church, listed as a National Historical Treasure.   You will head to Garin Farm next. This attraction has a unique combination of recreation, religion, and agriculture. Pilgrims flock to this place to experience walking through the path that leads to a replica of heaven. Before you reach paradise, you will have to walk through a dark path to signify earthly suffering.  Climb up the Pilgrimage Hill that leads to life-sized sculptures of nine scenes from the Bible. Take some photos of this spiritual attractions before continuing with your tour in Molo.   Molo District is a unique spot in Iloilo because of its rich cultural and historical heritage. The neo-gothic Molo Church is dubbed as a feminist church because of its all-women saints ensemble inside. Aside from the female saints, it is also famous for its red spires.   You will visit the Yusay-Consing or Molo Mansion next and be awed by its grand decor and architecture. This heritage house-museum has local delicacies and Ilonggo arts and crafts.   Cap off your day tour with a visit to Camina Balay Nga Bato. Go around the beautiful heritage house turned restaurant and have a cup of its famous tsokolate batirol before you head back to your hotel.  Appreciate some of the country's heritage churches with this private guided day trip in Iloilo. Check availability by choosing a date above. 

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Miagao Church Tours

Discover Miagao Church, one of Iloilo’s most iconic churches. Admire its unique architecture, learn about its history, or just have a peaceful visit in this old church in the Philippines. 

1. Where is Miagao Church located?

Miagao Church is located in Miagao, Iloilo. It’s 40 kilometers from Iloilo City proper, about 1 hour and 15 minutes away. Meanwhile, it’s 52 kilometers away from Iloilo International Airport, about 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

2. When was Miagao Church built?

Miagao Church was built in 1797 and was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

3. How do I get to Miagao Church?

From Mohon Terminal in Molo District or from Iloilo Terminal Market in Iloilo City Proper, commuters can ride south-bound jeepneys and buses with the sign "Miagao" or ride taxicabs or join guided tours with transfers

4. What are the best Miagao Church tours in the Philippines?

Most Miagao Church tours are combined with other Iloilo tourist spots, such as Molo Church, Garin Farm, Jaro Cathedral, Casa Mariquit, Camiña Balay Nga Bato, San Joaquin Church, and more.

5. When is the best time to visit Miagao Church?

You can visit Miagao Church anytime as it’s not season-dependent. If you want, you can include this to your Visita Iglesia itinerary or pilgrimage tour during the Holy Week.

6. Are there Miagao Church tours during rainy or bad weather?

Miagao Church is an indoor tourist spot so it’s open to visitors every day, regardless of the weather.

7. What should I wear on a Miagao Church tour?

It’s highly recommended to wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for church visits.