Category Archives: Historical Attractions

Miagao Church

St. Thomas of Villanova Parish

The present structure of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish was started in December of 1786 abd was finished 1797.

As a place of worship and as a fort used in defending the town against MORO raid, the church boasts its artistic facade Decorated with a relief sculpture of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child amidts coconut, papaya and guava shrubs. In February 16, 1963, it was awarded a historical maker by the Philippine Historical Commission; declared a national shrine though Presidential Decree No. 260 in August 1, 1973; and was listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1994, the only one in Visayas and Mindanao.

Janiuay Cemetery

This one hectare tract to the Catholic Cemetery of Janiuay located east from the Poblacion, situated between barangays Aquino-Nobleza and Damu-og was built in 1875.

Built on top of a hill. it is one of the most beautiful of its kind in this country. It is made up of three grand arched entrance gates with individual staircases. The octagonal-shaped capilla, partially overgrown with plants and shrubs, is the centerpiece of the cemetery. The cemetery was finished In November 20, 1885.

 

Photos by Jun Fuerte