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Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Intricate Facade of Miagao Church

What makes Miagao Church Iloilo's most visited historical site?

Undeniably, this sandstone church has the most artistic sculptured facade there is in Iloilo, or perhaps in all of the Philippines. It is a distinct and grand description of what we call Filipino Baroque.
The entire facade that must have been inspired by Churrisguresque Architecture appears more like an intricate Retablo and is overwhelmed with carvings of local botanicals, Rococo curves, and Classical pilasters. These curves generate an eternal movement which further creates an imaginative array of fansy and enchantment. Local botanicals of the tropical archipelago dominate the pediment of the facade. Here, there is an explosion of floral fantasy where San Cristobal, with the Child Jesus on his shoulder holds a coconut tree while being flanked by more tropical plants with some still on intricate vases. All these features and details make the church's facade extraordinary... something very magical...something very unusual.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Masonic Temple

Designed in New World Neoclassic Architecture that was popularized in the Philippines by the Americans in the 20th century, the Masonic Temple is one of the most historical Sites found in the old square of Plaza Libertad. It is beautiful example of a 20th century building that gives emphasis to balance and simplicity. The Details of the Temple are highly inspired by Greek and Renaissance Art which makes it blend well with the neighboring historic structures that is of Hispanic and American Influences.
The Temple is a religious icon that is almost facing another religious wonder, the San Jose Church. The Masonic Temple is a beautiful structure that cradles a tapestry of belief and tradition that beholds the essences of Faith and Hope.