Jaro Cathedral Belfry
Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
Iloilo, a province rich in culture and heritage being one of the early settlements of the Spaniards in the 16th century. Architectural Heritage is still alive and present throughout the province, where one is listed in the world’s official heritage sites, the Miag-ao church in the town of its same name.
Featured in this photo is the Jaro Cathedral’s Belfry. The main cathedral in located in front, across the street. Back then, church belfries are separated from the main church building, and today this is a remnant of the old Catholic church architecture.
The character of the structure is very masculine and sturdy, a fortress-like tower in the heart of the Jaro district. Its beautiful antique look gives a dramatic feeling upon viewing it.
I admire the city government’s efforts to preserve heritage structures such as this one as part of the tourism and cultural goals that the city supports. Next generation children would be instilled with the rich cultural art (architecture) which they can be proud of.
This is why I love Iloilo, and the whole Panay island.