One of the reason for this trip, Mr. & Mrs. Romulo Nolasco were Principal Sponsors to Joey & Novie's Wedding. And the wedding ceremony will be at Jaro Cathedral.
And being a wanderlust, I'm so excited to have it photographed, together with its equally famous belfry across the street.
Jaro Cathedral is formally called Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles. It is a sight not to be missed when in Iloilo City, back then I used to see it as a picture on Bischocho House' paper bag When I studied in Iloilo, this is one of the church I go to hear Sunday Mass with my sister. But all those years spent in Iloilo, I never have it photographed.
What made Jaro Cathedral a Must See?
- It is a National Shrine. Declared last February 2, 2012 by CBCP as a National Shrine, making it as the second declared National Shrine in Visayas, the first is the Basilica del Sto. Nino in Cebu City.
- The Image of Our Lady of Candles. The growing image, you can check how much it has grown by looking at a niche carved out above it.
- The Rose Among the Thorns. Jaro Cathedral has a collection of an all male "santos" and the Our Lady of Candles is the exception.
- It is where Graciano Lopez-Jaena was baptized.
- Its Bell Tower. It is one of those detached bell tower, located across the busy street.
Jaro Cathedral is worth visiting over and over again.
Travel Date: December 22, 2011
Travel Buddies: Papa, Mama, Maya & Bro