In planning for your wedding, deciding where to get married is very crucial. Not only because there are a whole lot of things to be considered, but also because more decisions will be based on the location you choose. Outdoor weddings have been famous over the years but some still opt for the high-ceiling, long aisle, and stained glass windows of a church. There’s just something so classic and timeless about them, don’t you think?
Here is a list of the eight churches in Iloilo City favoured by couples to help you decide for your special day!
Espousal of our Lady Parish Church
More commonly known as Mandurriao Church, it stands tall with its symmetrical façade characterized by two bell towers on each side and arches for its windows and main door. Its simple exterior is balanced by its sophisticated interior of marble and stone. Its simplistic design is one that inspires meditation and calmness.
Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral
One of the distinctive features of the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral are the stairs in its main façade, leading to the national shrine of Our Lady of Candles. Its symmetrical façade is a sight to behold. It’s one of the oldest churches but remains to be a favorite because of its long aisle and dome-shaped ceiling. The cathedral’s interior walls are lined with images of male saints.
La Paz Church
La Paz Church or the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church is one of the centuries-old attraction in Iloilo City. It’s a red brick structure with pointed towers on either side. Its interior seems bare, but looks beautiful and solemn nonetheless with its recent restoration to a magnificent glow of Marian blue.
Mere Monique Chapel
Situated in Ticud, La Paz, the Mere Monique Chapel is one of the few chapels that boast a modern design. Its interior is well-applauded for being elegantly subtle and minimalistic. But despite its contemporary look, its dominantly white design is something that gives it a solemn atmosphere. Its altar is one of its distinctive features.
While Jaro Cathedral has statues of all-male saints, perched on the aisle pillars of Molo Church is an ensemble of all-female saints. It’s often dubbed to be Iloilo’s feminist church. Built in a gothic fashion, it’s considered to be one of the most attractive churches in the Philippines and is a familiar landmark in Iloilo City. Molo Church boasts the longest aisle in Iloilo City, and the replica of the shroud of Turin of Jesus at the left side of the altar. History also suggests that Jose Rizal, in one of his trips, has visited Molo Curch.
St. Clement’s Church
While most churches’ exterior is of more traditional materials such as bricks, St. Clement’s Church in La Paz vaunts a modern look with its seemingly flat but appealing façade. Elegance is the word that could perfectly describe the look of this church, for both its exterior and interior design. St. Clement’s is well-known for its devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In fact, when looking closely at the altar, it would give you the illusion that all the lines and the minimalist design point to her image at the center.
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
This church is one of the top choices for wedding venues because of its modern style—from its distinctive stone façade A Definitely a different take on the traditional church architecture and design, but still maintaining the solemnity of the location. And despite the simple interior, the light through the colored stained glass windows is enough to bring out the church’s elegance.
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Paris Church or the Miagao Church is a top tourist attraction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its façade is decorated with elements that depict prominent religious and the lifestyle of the people of Miagao. Inarguably one of the most famous churches in the Philippines, its Baroque Romanesque architecture is one of its distinctive characteristics. The gold plated retablo inside is also perhaps its most prominent structure.