Molo Church Tours
Join tours to Molo Church in Iloilo, a Gothic-designed majestic structure that is known as a female church. Appreciate its architecture, explore the displays of female saints, or stroll at the park in front of it.

Molo Church Tours

Join tours to Molo Church in Iloilo, a Gothic-designed majestic structure that is known as a female church. Appreciate its architecture, explore the displays of female saints, or stroll at the park in front of it.
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Iloilo City Private Full-Day Pilgrimage Tour | With Lunch

Come along on this spiritual journey and feel refreshed and renewed after visiting the famous and historical churches around Iloilo City. If you are a fan of history and architecture and want an off-the-beaten-path escapade while in the region, then this pilgrimage tour is just what you need.  After your local tour guide picks you up from your hotel in Iloilo City, you will first visit San Joaquin Church in the town of San Joaquin. This Roman Catholic church dates back to 1869 and boasts of a militaristic theme. Its facade features an intricate carving of the Spanish victory over the Moroccan forces during the battle of Tetuan.  From there, you will go to Guimbal Church, built in 1774 and one of the oldest churches in the country. This yellow sandstone church is made from igang (adobe stones) and coral stones from Guimaras, a nearby island province. Its two-story facade is decorated with twin round pilasters adorned with floral carvings. The church also features a four-storey belfry that used to be a watchtower during the Spanish occupation against the Moro pirates. Less than seven kilometers from the Guimbal Church is Tigbauan Church, which features a Mexican facade with a seal of the Augustinian order at the center. Above it is a depiction of Saint John and an image of Santo Nino. Tigbauan Church has one of the most beautiful interiors made of stone murals including the altar and the Stations of the cross which was created by local artists of Iloilo.     Your group will then proceed to Arevalo Church where you will find the image of Santo Nino de Arevalo, one of the oldest images of Santo Nino. The image is made of wood and devotees testify of its miracles such as healing of the sick, blessing childless couples with an offspring, or saving the town from famine. There is also a tale claiming that Sto. Nino saved the town from the Moro raid.  After offering a short prayer at this church, you will stopover for a sumptuous lunch at your restaurant of choice, either Camina’s Balay na Bato, Breakthrough’s, or Tatoy’s. Once you finish your meal, you will then visit the famous Spanish-colonial Molo Church, built in 1831 with a neo-gothic style. Known as a “feminist church” because of 16 women saints perched in its aisle pillars, the church’s centerpiece is a retablo of Sta. Ana, the patron saint of Molo.  From there, you will make your way to Jaro Cathedral or Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. This baroque-style cathedral with gothic elements is home to an all-male collection of statues and the Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria or the Lady of Candles. The 400-year-old shrine of the Lady of Candles is said to be continuously growing like a living person and it is said that its glass shrine needs to be constantly adjusted because of this. The tour will end at the glorious Miag-ao Church or the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova,  famous for its artistic carved facade of St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child. The church was designated as one of the best examples of a Baroque Church in the Philippines. It is also included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Discover the religious and historical side of Iloilo with this pilgrimage tour from Iloilo City. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Iloilo Top Tourist Attractions I Half-Day Private Guided Tour

Come along this tour and discover Iloilo City’s historic sites and other popular attractions. This half-day private sightseeing trip is perfect for anyone who wants to get a deeper insight into the city’s heritage and culture.  Your tour start starts once you are picked up from your accommodation in Iloilo City. Your tour guide will give you a  rundown of the day’s itinerary as you make your way to your first stop.  You will head first to the Iloilo City Hall for a photo opportunity. From there, you will go downtown to the streets of Iznart and General Luna. Listen as your guide discusses the significance of this commercial center dating back to the American regime.  In General Luna, you will find Casa Real, a National Historical Site that was once the old capitol building of Iloilo during the American Period. Later on, it became a Japanese concentration camp during the occupation. This landmark also serves as Kilometer Zero of the city.  Afterward, you will visit the Lopez Boat House. This sleek modern mansion is owned by former vice president Fernando Lopez. Marvel at the Art Deco-inspired architecture of this unique house. It was dubbed as a “Boathouse” because it resembles a battleship with portholes. You will now proceed to La Paz Public Market to get a glimpse of a typical day in the city. Here you can find local products and souvenirs unique to the province of Iloilo. A must-try is the authentic La Paz Batchoy, a local noodle dish with meat, garlic, and chicharon (pork rind). Enjoy a bowl of this comfort food before you proceed to your next destination. Walk along the famous Millionaire Row and see the Sanson y Montinola Antillan House. A visit to this ancestral home will give you a glimpse of how the old rich lived back in the day. Expect to see a grand staircase leading to rooms and living spaces filled with antique furniture.  You will also have a running tour to Fort San Pedro, Muelle Loney, Nelly Garden, Lizares Mansion, Megaworld Business, Iloilo Convention Center, Esplanade, and Smallville. The attractions will make you fall in love with Iloilo more. On top of that, you will go on a side trip to Jaro Cathedral and Belfry, Sinamay dealer, Molo Mansion, and Molo Church. Discover the rich history and heritage of Iloilo City by booking this private guided sightseeing tour. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
All year
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Molo Church Tours

Pray and contemplate in Molo Church in Iloilo. A perfect place for pilgrimage and admiring the architecture, it’s a must-visit destination with friends and family during your trip to the Philippines.

1. Where is Molo Church located?

Molo Church is located in Molo, Iloilo City. It’s 3 kilometers away from Iloilo City proper, about 10 minutes of travel time. It’s 19 kilometers away from Iloilo International Airport, about 30 minutes of travel time.

2. Why is Molo Church called the ‘Female Church’ of Iloilo?

Molo Church is also named as female/feminist church because of the figures of the holy women on each column in the church aisles. St. Anne, patron saint of Molo, is displayed at the front of the church altar.

3. What can I do in Molo Church?

Aside from praying and admiring the church’s architecture, you may stroll around the district plaza or wait until the evening to take photos of the neo-gothic structure.

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

Most Molo Church tours in the Philippines are combined with other tourist spots such as Miagao Church, Jaro Cathedral, Casa Mariquit, Guimbal Church, Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood, Iloilo River Esplanade, Nelly’s Garden, and many more.

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

You can visit Molo Church anytime as it’s not season-dependent. Visiting Molo Church during the Holy Week is a good time too as it can be a part of your Visita Iglesia or pilgrimage tours.

6. How do I get to Molo Church?

It is a popular tourist spot so you should be able to easily access it by taxi or by a jeepney. Almost all jeepney routes, including Villa Arevalo, Molo Mandurriao, Molo Baluarte, Oton Anhawan, and Oton Derecho, can travel along the plaza with "Arevalo" or “Molo” on its name. You may also join a guided tour to have a hassle-free trip.

7. Are there Molo Church tours during rainy or bad weather?

Molo Church is an indoor tourist spot in Iloilo, but it’s still dependent on the storm signal issued by PAGASA. Make sure to coordinate with your tour operator for more information.