Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Side Trip: Jaro Cathedral (Jaro City, Iloilo)

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Before I finally left for Manila, I made a side trip to the Jaro Cathedral at Jaro City, Iloilo. The cathedral has been part of the Philippine history. The Philippine hero, Graciano Lopez-Jaena, a Filipino journalist, orator, and revolutionary, was baptized here in 1856.

The church was built in the year 1864 and was destroyed by an earthquake in the year 1948. The latter was restored in the year 1956. Just across the church, you can see the old belfry of the cathedral.

In the cathedral lies the miraculous image of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (Lady of the Candles). The image is enclosed in an altar carved out of the cathedral’s façade. The image of the Madonna and child is said to continuously grow. Also, this Marian image was Canonically crown by the Pope himself.

The Jaro Fiesta is celebrated every February 2nd in commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Candles.

There are jeepneys that will bring you to Jaro City or you can opt to ride a cab.

1 comment:

  1. Biggie, if you read what you wrote about the Jaro Cathedral check the prominent dates. Clue the year the cathedral was built and the date of Graciano Lopez Jaena's baptism.

    Mike =)


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