ILOILO TOURIST SPOTS: San Joaquin Church, San Joaquin Iloilo

San Joaquin is the southernmost town of the province of Iloilo. It is the last southern town before the province of Antique.

The San Joaquin Church is the only church in the Philippines that has a militaristic-themed facade. The masterpiece in its facade depicts the Spaniards' victory at the Battle of Tetuan. It is made of lime stones quarried from the town of Igbaras and white coral stones that can be found in the town's shorelines.

Because of its unique features, the National Historical Institute listed the church as a National Cultural Treasure. One thing that the town of San Joaquin should be proud of.

How to get there
Going to San Joaquin is just a ride away from Iloilo City. The terminal is located in Arevalo. Travel time is around one hour and fare is about 60 pesos.

When you visit San Joaquin, try Charlyn's Batchoy that can be found in the Public Market, just a few meters away from the church.

Happened last November 20-22, 2010, Ilo-ilo - Guimaras Adventure is a series of blog posts of my 3-day experience in these 2 lovely provinces in the Visayas. Discover the places we've been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this memorable adventure.

| Jordan Port, Museo De Guimaras and Trappist Monastery | Guisi Point Light House and Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia | Raymen and Rico Beach Resorts | Island Hopping Adventure | Budget Inn, SM City and Mooon Cafe | San Joaquin Church, San Joaquin Iloilo | Campo Santo in San Joaquin Iloilo | Miagao Church, A UNESCO World Heritage Site |


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  1. never been there hehehe. maybe sa next vacation ko puntahan ko na yan :D

  2. Buti ka pa... naikot mo na yata halos lahat ng lugar dito.

  3. hi bro! Did you drop by Miag-ao church? isa rin sa pinakamagandang simbahan sa Pinas.

  4. ang ganda nung facade lalo na yung sa taas. I love spanish architechture talaga :]
    ang sarap pa ng batchoy. Solve!

  5. di pa ako nakapunta sa Ilo-ilo :( I would love to see that church one day.

  6. @bino-it's a must-see...

    @empi-di pa naman po... target ko is at least 2/3 of all the provinces before i reach the age of 35... hehehe... thanks po...

    @master-yes sir, nasa next posts ko po...

    @renz-maganda talaga, very intricate yung design nya... try mo din dyan sa charlyn, masarap ang batchoy nila

    @Mayet-explore the Philippines... we have a beautiful country...

    @Axl-wahahaha!!! thanks!

  7. kelan kaya magtatagpo mga landas natin kaka byahe. ahahaha

    i was in san joaquin last nov 28, together with the other bloggers from Metro manila and Luzon as part of the Visayas blogging Summit Delegates' Tour

    Ill be back in iloilo on jan 21 to judge the kasadyahan and dinagyang festival

  8. I'm as excited as I could be! I wanna go to Iloilo!http://www.cdokay.com/


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