Last February 1, 2012 I attended the 5:30 Mass at the Jaro Cathedral in celebration of the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria: Feast of our Lady of Candle.
It was newly renovated inside especially on the altar area and it’s architectural beauty were preserved. Visiting Iloilo City will never be complete without seeing this church and paying pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Candles or Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, named as patroness of Western Visayas.
Because of its importance to Iloilo’s religious and cultural heritage, the Jaro Cathedral was proclaimed by the National Historical Institute as a historical landmark in 1976. And as being the center for devotion to Our Lady of Candles, the cathedral would be named as National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles this coming February 2, 2012 during the feast of Candelaria. It would be the 2nd National Shrine here in the Visayas. The Jaro Cathedral is the first and only cathedral in the island of Panay.
I take some photos inside the church to share it. If you have a chance to visit Iloilo City, try to visit the church.