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.