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Monday, August 22, 2011

Iloilo: Jaro Cathedral

The house of the miraculous Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles), Jaro, Iloilo City is usually by visited by tourists, like me, because of this stunning church that is in the heart of this remarkable town.

With its town feast every second Sunday of the month of February, I and two of my superfriends, had a chance to see this impressive work-of-art last July during our Eat, Pray, Love Vacation. With our super tight schedule, I am really glad that we had the opportunity to see this church and lightt up candles for our wishes and prayers.

Going here ain't really that hard because taxi cabs and jeepneys can be easily hired. For us, during our trip, since we came from a hefty breakfast at Ted's La Paz Batchoy, we just hailed a cab to get here. It cost us Php80.00 from Ted's La Paz Batchoy, which is in front of SM Dominga, to this cathedral. The travel time was roughly 15 minutes, with a very smooth, traffic-free roads.

Upon stepping our feet on the ground of this stunning church, we were welcomed by candle vendors. With different colors of candles to offer to the miraculous saint, my friends and I bought each of the colors and lit them up in the candelarias or candle stands that are in front of the church.

Also, on the ground of the church were these two statues, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Virgin Mary that serves as a welcoming monuments to this sacred place.

The striking look of its facade was matched really well by its interior that look so glorious. We got a chance to check every corner of this cathedral and to my surprise, they have a corner there for Our Lady of Guadalupe, who I adore the most. No wonder, why I am so eager to visit this church, Our Lady of Guadalupe wants me to see her. ^_^

To be honest, the interior of the church - the space, the style and the ambiance - feels a lot like the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila, a church that is so close to my heart, I feel so at-home.

After checking out the saints that they have in here, we spent some few minutes to pray and to thank the creator for this superb chance of seeing this wonderful church.

When we went back outside, we climb some step to reach the veranda of the cathedral where a glass-encased Madonna and a Child is located. There were some people who were doing their novena that time, so we really didn't spent so much time up there for we may disturb them with our camera's clicking.

It was indeed a blessed time. 

But before leaving Jaro, one should not miss the belfry that is standing on the other side of Jaro Cathedral. This belfry is said to be holding a great part to the history of this town, and up until now, the whole town gives importance to this structure.

Happy rammmpa!


  1. napasok mu ba ang loob ng 2nd to the last photo Alex? I regret not going there kase parang I saw a photo somewhere ng loob nyan. the dome has a colorful stained glass i think

  2. Sarado yung belfry nung nagpunta kami e... Di din ako aware na pwede pumasok... I'll include that to my itinerary kapag bumalik ako ng Iloilo. ^_^

  3. Ang ganda talaga ng Jaro Cathedral to no?:-). Nakapunta na ako dyan sa pantalan lang. Sana makabalik ako dyan sa loob na at makalibot pa.:-).


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