After a visit to the militaristic Church of San Joaquin, my initial thought was to go to Miag-ao to see for the second time the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then the town’s cemetery piqued my curiosity and interest.

San Joaquin Cemetery in San Joaquin, Iloilo Facing the Panay Gulf, the cemetery’s main features are the archway with two crossbones flanked an angel and topped by a resurrected Christ, the intricately designed elevated hexagonal chapel with its entrance adorned with a bas-relief of flowers and leaves.

San Joaquin Cemetery in San Joaquin, IloiloThe San Joaquin Cemetery was built by Father Mariano Bamba, OAR, in 1892.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.


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