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The woodwork is impressive

If you like old cathedrals as I do, then this will be a fun visit. As one of the oldest churches in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Active and inspiring

It's often satisfying to me to see that great historical pieces of architecture are not there just... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
John T
Cebu City, Philippines
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Jaro Plaza, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province Iloilo 5000, Philippines
+63 33 329 2345
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you like old cathedrals as I do, then this will be a fun visit. As one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, Jaro has impressive woodwork everywhere. Highly intricate altars and side areas. Go when it is cooler or go to a service,...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We were seated on the fourth row from the front on a weekday mass and inspite of the Bose speakers, it was difficult to understand what the priest was saying.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

It's often satisfying to me to see that great historical pieces of architecture are not there just for the viewing but are actually vital components of the community - this is the case with the Jaro Cathedral. Along with the boom of the sugar industry...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 4 September 2018

just ten minute away from mariott hotel which will cost 100 pesos. going up the stairs is an image of its patron saint-our lady of candles.you can buy candles to be lighted, rosaries and stampitas with novena.it is now one of the heritage site in...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

Pilgrims flock this shrine during its feast day on Feb 2 of each year. The candles are said to be the only candles that will stay lit in a storm. Growing up passing by the church and hearing mass on Sundays reminds me that the...More

Thank KaeBoo T
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Jaro Cathedral Enshrined on the balcony of Jaro Cathedral is the image of Our Lady of the Candles, a 16th-century limestone statue depicting Mary carrying the Child Jesus in her right arm and a candle on the other arm. The Virgin wears a gold gown,...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

The Cathedral originates from 1874, although the present structure dates from 1956 having been rebuilt as it was severely damaged by the British Lady Caycay earthquake in 1948. The Cathedral is dedicated to St Elizabeth of Hungary. The interior is impressive. High ceiling and ornate...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

We attended mass in this cathedral and was pleasantly surprised to observe they have lots of masses on ordinary days. No reason not to attend mass.

1  Thank alg0
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

I have visited this church before with friends. This last visit was with my husband’s family. I climbed up again the stairs leading to the Virgin. Legend has it that she wanders around when no one is looking. While up there, you have a better...More

Thank Coellum
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

A must see attraction in Iloilo , aside from the one in Molo and in Miag-ao . Beautiful architectural design both from interior and exterior aspect . There is a good vantage view of the restored bell tower up front. There is a stairway in...More

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