7 Best Churches in Guimaras [Itinerary for Visita Iglesia in Guimaras, Visayas]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor January 13th, 2021 Posted in Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

Have a look at the 7 churches in Guimaras that you could visit during the Holy Week. These 7 churches are perfect for your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras.

A Holy Week and Visita Iglesia in Guimaras gives you an opportunity to contemplate on Jesus Christ’s sacrifices, as well as experience a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This island province is not only known for having the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines but is also quite famous for being an ideal destination for pilgrimage this Lenten season.

Every year, thousands of devout Catholics flock to this province to climb Balaan Bukid, a must-see destination where one can visit the 14 Stations of the Cross and have a majestic overlooking view of Iloilo and Guimaras Strait. There is also the Holy Week ritual called “Ang Pagtaltal sa Jordan”. It’s an annual reenactment of the Passion of Christ.

7 Days Seven Churches in Guimaras – Itinerary for Visita Iglesia in Guimaras, Visayas

Aside from the mentioned famous attractions, visiting some of the best churches in Guimaras is another way to spend the Lenten season. From the St. John the Baptist Parish in Jordan to the St. Isidore Parish in Navalas, your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras will certainly be a deep, memorable and enlightening experience. Here are the best seven churches for Holy Week and Visita Iglesia in Guimaras, Simbang Gabi, and Misa de Gallo

1. San Isidro de Labrador Church (Navalas Church) in Navalas

 

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What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

Spend your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras by going to one of the most significant historical sites in the country. It is the San Isidro de Labrador. This a small church that is located near the shore in the town of Navalas. It offers devotees and tourists alike a peek into the distant past marked by religious devotion. It’s the oldest church in Guimaras. It was built between the years 1880 and 1885. It features a Spanish-era structure and the key materials in building this church are coral stones. Being a survivor of all damages in the course of history, everything in the church was already renovated except for its facade.

Location: 5 Navalas Rd, Buenavista, Guimaras

2. Balaan Bukid Shrine in Jordan, Guimaras

 

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What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia and Holy Week?

Balaan Bukid or Holy Mountain is one of the most loved locations during Holy Week. Discovered in 1956 by an Italian Priest, this place is a where Catholics pilgrim and do the way of the cross. Masses are held every first Saturday. Enjoy also the great view of Guimaras.

Location: Jordan, Guimaras

3. St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Jordan, Guimaras, Philippines

What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

The St. Michael the Archangel Parish is your next destination in your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras since it is relatively closer to the St. John the Baptist Church. Derived from its own name, this local parish is under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel. This church is also quite the survivor after enduring several tragedies over the years. During World War II, St. Michael the Archangel Parish was severely devastated but was able to recover after several years. In 1948, it incurred major structural damages from the Lady Caycay earthquake. It was then renovated in the 1980s until it was razed again by the 2013 earthquake. As of the current, it is undergoing restoration because of the continuous support of its parishioners.

Location: Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan

4. St. Joseph Parish in San Lorenzo, Guimaras, Philippines

What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

St. Joseph Parish is one of the youngest churches in Guimaras, and it is one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia. This church is not so big like the others. However, it compensates for the intricacy of its design. From the marble walls of the altar to the tiled floors and a collection of religious images, St. Joseph Parish is a sight to marvel at your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras.

Location: Lebas, San Lorenzo, Guimaras

5. St. John the Baptist Church (Jordan Parish Church) in Jordan, Guimaras

What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

St. John the Baptist Parish is a great destination to start your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras since it is the current administration to Balaan Bukid. This church was originally established in 1821 by the Augustinian friars and was completely devastated by the massive earthquake “Lady Caycay” in 1948. In 1970, it was rebuilt again and is still in a state of repair and development as of the current. Unlike most churches, St. John the Baptist Parish features an open concept and semi-circular structure.

Location: Jordan, Guimaras

6. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

 

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What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

Show your devotion in a peaceful, calm environment when you visit the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Nueva Valencia. This church features a very nice and modern-looking structure that is perfectly matched with outbuildings. There are three beautiful stained-glass windows in its facade. As well as a nicely carved main door with two wooden panels. The interior of the church radiates brightness and elegance with colors that help set devotees into a deep, reflective and contemplative mood. With all elements combined in perfect harmony with each other, the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish is definitely an imperative destination for your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras.

Location: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

7. Sto. Niño Catholic Church in Buenavista, Guimaras, Philippines

What makes it one of the best churches in Guimaras for Visita Iglesia, Holy Week, Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo?

Once you entered the town of Buenavista in your Visita Iglesia in Guimaras, be sure to visit the Sto. Niño Catholic Church. This church is conveniently located in front of Guimaras State College. It features a giant stone tablet of the Ten Commandments at the entrance. The facade highlights two belfries and a wonderful mixture of white, pink and maroon colors throughout its entirety. Another good thing in including this church in your itinerary for a Visita Iglesia in Guimaras is that it is just 15 minutes away from Roca Encantada, a must-see landmark in Buenavista.

Location: Buenavista, Guimaras

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