From Guimbal church, we took another jeepney bound for Miag-ao. Though we had lunch, the terrible heat made my kids a bit queasy so I assured them that Miag-ao church will be so much worth the trip. I did not disappoint them when we got there. An architectural gem indeed, as evident in the unique merging of Medieval Spanish architecture and native touches. The church simply took my breath away.
The main entrance is flanked by life-size sculptures of St. Henry and a Pope with their coat-of-arms above them. I was overwhelmed by it's highly decorative details. Notice that there are more curved lines than straight ones. Columns are mainly decorative instead of supportive. There's an appearance of movement in the design most notably on the bas relief of St. Christopher carrying a child. All are typical characteristics of Baroque architecture.
Iloilo was first on the list of destinations for my Visayan photo marathon. My kids and I toured the southernmost part of the province via jeepney to visit it's centuries old churches, just like we did before, in Laguna. The first one was Guimbal Church, built in 1774. Destructions from World War II and the 1948 earthquake, had this church undergo several renovations. Reconstructions were done but, most of the exterior features were greatly preserved. Some describe it as so-so, but not me. I find this church a formidable historical structure and truly worth checking out.
Paul Little in his book "How to Give Away Your Faith" defines witnessing: