NCT: The Militaristic Church in San Joaquin, Iloilo
The Spanish-Moroccan War of 1859-60 was decisively won by the Spanish authorities that culminated in the of Battle of Tétouan. Leopoldo O’Donnell, 1st Duke of Tétouan, Prime Minister of Spain, personally led the victory against the young Sultan Muhammad IV.
The Spanish victory in Battle of Tétouan prompted the parish priest of San Joaquin, Iloilo, the Augustinian Father Tomas Santaren, to carve a magnificent bas-relief as a facade of the Church of San Joaquin.
Called the Rendicion de Tétouan, the intricate stone sculpture is the biggest attraction of the church. The Church of San Joaquin was completed in 1869 which was largely made up of white coral stones quarried in the town of Igbaras. The church is now one of the national cultural treasures declared by the National Museum in 2001. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts had identified and selected it as one of 26 Spanish Colonial Era churches to be under its conservation program.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.