Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The Miag-ao Church was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.
The central feature of the bas-relief facade is a large coconut tree which reaches almost to the apex. While an integral part of the Philippine landscape, the coconut tree is also the subject of lore. According to an old Philippine legend, the coconut tree was the only bequest from a loving mother to her two children, a tree which sustained them for life. On the church's facade the coconut tree appears as the "tree of life" to which St. Christopher carrying the Child Jesus on his shoulder is clinging to. The lesser facades feature the daily life of Miagaowanons during the time. Also depicted are other native flora and fauna, as well as native dress.
The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miag-ao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.
Molo is one of the seven districts of Iloilo City. It was built by Spaniards and was formerly called the Parian (Chinatown) due to its large number of Chinese residents and their business establishments in the area at the time. Its name was later changed to Moro during the frequent arrival of Muslim pirates from Mindanao until it later evolved into Molo. Molo was a town before it was absorbed by Iloilo City during its charter in 1937.
The Gothic Renaissance Church of Molo was used as a watch tower to warn the people if there are any attackers on the shore of Iloilo City. It is a fine coral stone church with Classical and Gothic details. It is also known as the feminist church because of the beautiful female saints lining inside the church.
Sometime during 1896, the site was visited by Jose Rizal, mainly to look at the Biblically inspired artwork (no longer present). It was also used as a haven for civilians during the Second World War; testament to the effects of the war are the bullet holes still present in some of its bells.
The first thing that will strike the visitor to the Molo Church are the imposing spires, which are a bright red in color. As impressive as the exterior, the interior is even more stunning. The trained eye will see that the artistry is a magnificent amalgamation of the Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles. To the casual viewer, it is an awesome view, wherein the various shades of yellow, gold and shades of brown combine to create a resplendent area for prayer and devotion.
A tour of the Molo Church will reveal the glorious altars, fashioned in the Gothic manner, and adorned by elaborate works of art. Also prominently displayed are 16 images of female saintly figures including Saint Anne, the patroness to whom the shrine is dedicated.
The views of the Molo Church are compelling at any time of the day, but it is during the afternoon that the full beauty of the magnificent structure is unveiled. Standing outside the church you can see the soft glow of the rays of the sun as they cast down on the façade. The results are unique and fascinating displays of light and shade.
Source: Wikipedia and http://www.iloiloboard.com/molo-church.php
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles informally known as Jaro Cathedral is the cathedral seat for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jaro. It is located in district of Jaro in Iloilo City, in the province of Iloilo, on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is known as the shrine of Our Lady of the Candles under the original patronage of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
The church is the famous Parish of Our Lady of Candles, also known as the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Jaro and the site of a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary, which was canonically crowned by the late Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1982. The image is the only religious icon in the country to have been personally crowned by a Pope.
Jaro Belfry, ruined in a 1948 earthquake, but now restored. One of the few belfries in the country that stands apart from the church.
The bell tower unusually is located across a busy street on the Jaro Plaza. Such construction arrangement is rare in the Philippines. Usually the Churches and their belfries are built adjacent to each other, or at least they are located on the same plot of land. This is a remnant of an older building that collapsed during an earthquake. The original cathedral was built in 1874 by the first bishop of Jaro, Mariano Cuartero, O.P. It was destroyed by an earthquake in January 1948 and later repaired in 1956 by the first Archbishop of Jaro, Jose Maria Cuenco.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Only few days left before that judging on November 11, 2001 (that is 11/11/11 to you) and NOW is the time you vote!
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i seriously need a vacation, a long holiday more like it. it has been more than a month since i last updated this blog, i don't want to make excuses about breaking my promise again to blog regularly but life hasn't been really good the past few months. not good in a such way that i haven't had a real break from work, it has been crazy times, work wise, wherein you just sometimes wanna shout out and say enough, i don't want to do this anymore, i've had enough and i want my life back. sounds melodramatic but it is, i just feel so burned out and i guess i have to make a decision soon if this is the life i want or not. or maybe, just maybe what i need is just a long break and a good holiday away from it all. now, that is something i really want, a good long holiday break, nice and easy - just a 'me' time to put things in perspective. i have been thinking of going away soon, on a real long holiday break not just your usual 3 or 4 day holiday but a week. just thinking about a week long holiday with nothing to worry about makes me wanna go out now and jump to the next available flight but i know it's not that easy. sounds heavenly but there are things i have to consider - biggest factor of course is money and secondly, i have done some traveling and i know it takes time to plan a nice vacation and to finalise an itinerary. i am meticulous in preparing my itinerary and would like to know in advance what to expect in a place i am going to visit, what are the must do and those off beaten track, i just have to have an itinerary although i wouldn't really mind if that itinerary is not followed to the dot. let's just say i feel comfortable knowing that i have a plan. but sometimes, you just wanna have a vacation and don't want to be bothered with anything and it would be real nice to just book a travel agency and let them worry about my vacation. i have been thinking of having a vacation out of the country but i dont know how to go about it. good thing that the internet is at my fingertips and i just look up travel agencies that offer low cost and stress free holiday and one site i have been looking at is www.tropicalsky.co.uk. i've been looking at three places and the offers they have are real steal, not expensive but with all the perks of a grand vacation. now you help me decide which i should take - click here for Barbados holidays or this st lucia holidays all inclusive i'm also partial to caribbean because i have read a lot about it, so should i take Caribbean holidays 2012
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Sidney's blog: Last September 27, 2011 a powerful typhoon (Pedring, international name - Nesat) has struck the Philippines. Witnesses said flooding in parts of Manila was the worst in decades. In the shanty village of Ulingan in Tondo (click here) which is facing the sea, most of the homes were destroyed leaving many families homeless. All those families are already living below the poverty line. Project Pearls and Photo Kalye are organizing relief operations. They need your help more than ever.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tinikling - Tinikling is considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between two bamboo poles held just above the ground and struck together in time to music. Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of “tikling birds” hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance with remarkable grace and speed jumping between bamboo poles.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sayaw sa Bangko - ("dance on a bench") is a folk dance from the Pangasinan province of the Philippines. Performers dance on top of a bench that is normally six inches wide.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pandanggo sa Ilaw - The word pandanggo comes from the Spanish dance “fandango”characterized with lively steps and clapping while following a varying ¾ beat. Pandanggo requires excellent balancing skill to maintain the stability of three tinggoy, or oil lamps, placed on head and at the back of each hand. This famous dance of grace and balance originated from Lubang Island, Mindoro.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Binasuan - Originated in Pangasinan Province “meaning with the use of drinking glasses”, this vibrant dance basically shows off balancing skill of the performers. Glasses filled with rice wine are placed on the head and on each hand carefully maneuvered with graceful movements. This dance is common in weddings, fiestas and special occasions.