5 Grand and Historic Churches Found In the Philippines

The Philippines is known to be a predominantly Roman Catholic nation in Asia and the third prominent Catholic country in the world.

 

Over centuries, grand houses of worship have been established all over the Philippines; churches that are just as equally historic and beautiful as the country itself. Here are the churches on our list that are worth the visit.

 

1. St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Liliw, Laguna)

 

Liliw Laguna is also known for its shoe industry and where you will find the St. John the Baptist Church which is quietly hidden in one of its old streets. The church is rested on top of a small hill. The Church of Liliw was built in the year 1605 and has been a witness to many natural tragedies.

 

The church is a must see in the place and is easily recognizable due to its attractive facade. It is constructed from a combination of the traditional adobe and bright red bricks.

 

2. Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church (Calasiao, Pangasinan)

 

The Parish of Saints Peter and Paul is also called as the Calasiao Church is one of the biggest and most conserved churches in the region of Pangasinan. It was constructed and completed around the 17th, and 19th centuries. The church is of Baroque style architecture and was listed as a National Cultural Treasure in the year of 2001 through the National Museum of the Philippines.

 

The Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church is one of few churches in the country that carries two patrons: Saints Peter and Paul.

 

3. The Cathedral of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary (Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte)

 

The cathedral stands proudly at the center of Dipolog City, the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. The cathedral’s entrance is accented with some arches, highlighting its massive exterior. This recently-built cathedral is just a reconstruction of the old since the original church was constructed in the late of 1800s, it has had some renovations.

 

4. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church (Miagao, Iloilo)

 

Known as the Miagao Fortress Church as it was established to protect the people from numerous Muslim raids in the early times. Its elaborated-designed facade solely is a charm to look at.

 

The Miagao Church is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The title was granted on December 1993 as part of the Baroque Churches category in the country.

 

5. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Sagada, Mt. Province)

The American missionaries built this church in the early 1900s. This simple stone church is Sagada’s most popular display. Circled by emerald environs and kissed by cool winds, this beautiful Episcopalian Church is famous for its rose-colored stained glass windowpanes.