I’ve been in Miagao for almost 8 years already but i just passed by some of its historical places and never had a chance to explore on it. Now i take this chance to revisit and explore some historical places and landmarks. Thanks to my very good friend Pufs for the motorcycle ride.
Miagao is one of the seven towns comprising the First District of Iloilo Province. It is situated 40 kilometers southwest of Iloilo City. It is also known for its Salakayan Festival.
Here are some of the Historical Places in Miagao worth visiting for:
Brgy Indag-an Hablon Weaving Center
The weaving center manufactures hand woven textiles for garments, shawls, place mats and materials for bags, throw pillow cases and furnishings, which have been gaining wide acclaim for their unique materials and craftsmanship.
This hand woven textile was called “habol” or “hinabol” in Miagao during the Spanish regime. However in 1920’s the textile produced became colorful and it was later known as “hablon”.
Miagao Church – UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Miagao Church (Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva) was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Baroque Churches of the Philippines” in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.
The central feature of the bas-relief facade is a large coconut tree which reaches almost to the apex. While an integral part of the Philippine landscape, the coconut tree is also the subject of lore.
According to an old Philippine legend, the coconut tree was the only bequest from a loving mother to her two children, a tree which sustained them for life. On the church’s facade the coconut tree appears as the “tree of life” to which St. Christopher carrying the Child Jesus on his shoulder is clinging to. The lesser facades feature the daily life of Miagaowanons during the time. Also depicted are other native flora and fauna, as well as native dress.
Located at Brg. Baybay Norte, it was built in 1760 by Spanish expeditionary forces, it was aimed as both a watchtower and a fortress against the Muslim invaders and other colonial marauders. It is now used as the Barangay Hall of Baybay Norte.
Located along the highway in Barangay Guibongan, this old Spanish-era stone bridge is considered as one of the surviving historical landmarks of Miagao.
Tan Pedro Monteclaro Landmark
Tan Pedro Monteclaro is Miagao’s Local Hero which serves as the Justice of Peace during the later years of Spanish Colonial Rule. The Landmark is located at Brgy Igtuba, and every year it is being commemorated and recognized for its significance in the history of Miagao.