In my continuous search of historical places in the country I found myself in a UNESCO certified historical place, the MIAG-AO Church in Iloilo. According to the citation,this wonderful architecture was built as early as 1787 initiated by the then parish priest, Francisco Gonzales with the help of its parishioners not only for the purpose of being the house of worship. This church, like some other historical churches, was being used as shelter for the people when natural disaster struck the land. And not only natural calamities but also this served as refuge from Muslim raiders and pirates. After 224 years of existence since it was built, St. Tomas de Villanueva Parish is still intact. It withstands all "wear and tear" forces throughout the years. Honor should be given to the people behind the maintenance and rehabilitation of this church for their valuable work and contribution to the country's rich heritage.
|Bell tower of St. Thomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo. In front is the citation declaring this church as UNESCO certified historical landmark|
|The brief history of the church.|
|Beautiful architectural design.|