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  Slim and statuesque but very feminist
by Tijavi

No trip to Iloilo City is complete without a visit to Molo's Roman Catholic church, named in honor of St. Anne.

With its towering spires, it is typical of Gothic Renaissance architecture, but with a completely Ilonggo twist -being made of coral rocks. It was completed in the 1800's.

What futher sets this beautiful church apart is its devotion to female saints - all images in the cathedral are those of female saints - for which it has earned the distinction as the most feminist church in the Philippines.

A tip to make the most of your visit: request the very friendly church guard (Danny's his name, I think) to give you a tour not only of the church interiors (it's free) but also to take you the top of the one of the belfries, where you get a very good vantage point of the city. This is if you are not acrophobic to scale a soaring, narrow, spiral staircase. For those brave enough, they shall be well-rewarded with magnificent views of the city.

Address: Fronting Molo public plaza, Molo district
Directions: About 3 kms from downtown Iloilo City, easily accessible by jeepney and taxi.

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  • Updated Jan 14, 2005
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