Second stop on our Iloilo Heritage Tour back in November was the Miag-ao Church (also known as Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva) in the town of Miag-ao. The church was built by the Augustinians in 1786 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the four Baroque churches in the Philippines declared by UNESCO.
The facade of the church is made of local Carbonaceous Limestone (according to Wikipilipinas) which gives a yellowish color. At the center of the top most facade is the patron saint of the church, St. Thomas of Villanueva.
Miag-ao Church is an architectural gem which we Filipinos should be proud of. When you’re in Iloilo and would like to do Visita Iglesia, visit this church to see how marvelous it is.