St Anne Parish Church
St Anne Parish Church
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FredYap
Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Santa Ana (St. Anne) Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is around 200 years old. It is more of Gothic in architecture. The walls are primarily made of coral stones. It is known as a "feminist " church because all the major central columns carry female saints. This feature is complimented by the all male saints in the Jaro Cathedral of the same city.
The interiors and decorations could match those of many churches in Europe.
Written February 16, 2017
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John Rey G
Iloilo City, Philippines2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I am currently on temporary duty in this city and my job site is just a stone's throw away from St. Anne's, so much that for the past two weeks, I have been a regular attendee to its 530pm daily masses.
Under the able leadership of their parish priest, Fr. Boy Celis, one can easily notice the big difference with the way the masses are being celebrated, starting from the lively songs being sung with such pomp, the lector's booming voice while reading the Scriptures, and the faithful's full participation by way of very audible and clear responses during the Eucharist. During wednesdays, right after the mass, Fr. Celis conducts weekly catechesis to those who are eager to learn more about their Catholic faith. For the past two weeks, he had been discussing topics pertaining to the Book of Revelation and a very scholarly and interesting manner. I must say that I have learned a lot during those two occasions I had attended, correcting misimpressions about the end-times, and appreciating more the beauty of my religion's teachings.
Written June 25, 2015
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tedmino
Iloilo City, Philippines166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Very impressive, like a castle as my 4-year-old niece described St. Anne Church. They said that construction of the church started in 1831. Yes, Molo's St. Anne church is one majestic place that a tourist must see or visit with all holy respect. A feeling of awe will engulf you as you enter this church. The panoramic splendour will hold your attention as your eyes pan the artistic designs and holy paintings of the church interiors. The statues of all female saints that line the aisle is so wonderful, that will leave you breathless. That's why I say, make St. Anne Church on top of your list, when you are planning to visit Iloilo City.
Written August 11, 2016
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Jason Q
Antipolo147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
~ Molo Church or Church of St. Anne is prominent landmarks in Iloilo City located near the old Chinese district of Molo. Molo Church earned the moniker “women’s church” because of the presence of 16 images of women saints inside. Centerpiece image of Sta. Ana, the patron saint of Molo. Built in 1831 and declared it a national landmark in 1992

Interesting Facts:

~ Roman Catholic parish church
~ Gothic Rennaisance architecture
~ Predominantly made of coral rocks
~ Mortar used was made from egg whites and sand
~ Rich Interior Gothic elements and altars
~ Beautiful paintings dominate the walls
~ A beautiful wooden retablo gothic altar
~ 16 images of women saints inside
~ In front of the Molo Church is the district plaza
~ It was also made int an evacuation center for the civilians during WWII.

How to get there:

Located beside the district plaza of Molo, Iloilo City. Accessible from anywhere in Iloilo City by taxi and jeepneys. Jeepneys with “Molo”or “Villa / Arevalo” on its signboard will pass by Molo Church.
Written December 1, 2014
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Lukewatsero
Philippines251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
I am already amazed even still sitting in the jeepney and waiting to reach the unloading area. As we embrace it closer, the more you will appreciate it. Iloilo River Esplanade is quite near also to visit after.
Written July 24, 2014
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This historic Gothic style Catholic Church dates from about 1830 and fronts an equally magnificent plaza.

I especially enjoyed looking at the pulpit that was beautifully carved.

The Church features female saints and honours them.

Like a number of other historic Catholic Churches in and around Iloilo City such as at Leon and Guimbal, it is a must visit on any traveller's itinerary.
Written January 18, 2015
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Fergus D
Iloilo City, Philippines53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
This church is variously called The Feminist Church and/or the Molo Church. It is located just a short distance from the major hotels in Iloilo and is easily accessible and faces one of the most beautiful plazas I have seen. The plaza is dominated by a pavilion ‘housing’ the statues of six Greek Goddesses.. It is magnificent. In addition, the church and plaza face on of Iloilo's famous family estates, the Yusay-Consing Mansion which is currently under major renovations by a major property developer.

The church itself was built in the earlier 1830s he church was built in the Gothic Style which is exemplified by it great use of columns within the church itself, all of which are very plain but topped with wonderful appears to be Iconic Capitals which remind us of the column “being dressed as a woman who might adorn her body with beads, leaves and flower”. The grooves in the columns themselves, which are called flutes remind us of the folds of a woman’s dress. Quite appropriate for a church termed as the “Feminist Church”. It is called the feminist church because all 16 statues along the main aisle of the church are of female saints. The full story of the Plaza, the church and the Yusay Consing Mansion can all be viewed at our own main website at: historicphilippines.com

This church is most definitely a must see when in the Iloilo Area. It is a historic gem and shouldn't be missed. You just have to spend sometime inside the church, on the church grounds, in the Plaza itself and walk about the Mansion across from the Plaza. A leisurely visit of the area could take up 2 hours of your time. The it may be lunch time and a stop at Ramboy's Barbeque just down the street (we'll talk about it in a few days). Enjoy your stay with us.
Written December 23, 2014
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trainer_2015
Cebu City, Philippines261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
Visiting St. Anne Parish in Molo District Ilo-ilo, popularly known as Molo Church makes you feel like you are in Europe. We went to the church, late afternoon, when the lights of the plaza across the church were on as well as the lights around the church were also on, after several shots, we were amazed of the photos we were able to take! The Church looks like a European Church! The facade and colums are of Gothic Architecture. The Church is known as the feminist church because majority of its statues are female saints. The beautiful Molo Plaza adds wonder to the beautiful Church. The plaza has a lot of vendors selling variety of food & snacks and these are all delicious! So visit Molo Church and be amazed with its beauty and don't forget to buy the delicious food being sold in the plaza.
Written December 19, 2015
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Edna O
Manila, Manila, Philippines77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
St. Anne Parish Church, or more popularly known as Molo Church, is located in Molo, Iloilo. It is the last of the 6 churches we visited when we did the Churches of Iloilo tour (we started at the farthest point at San Joaquin, then took jeepneys back to the other churches at Miag-ao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, Villa, and Molo. The jeepney fare is P60 from Iloilo City, and San Joaquin is already halfway to the first town of Antique).

I had the best mass in Molo Church not only because the choir sang the church songs like you're listening to musicals like the Phantom of the Opera, or that you're listening to Ariel of the Little Mermaid, but also because the priest, through his actions and the enthusiasm in his voice, made you feel like you are one of his flock. Too bad the homily was in Ilonggo which I cannot understand, but no matter, it was still beautiful. Need to improve the sound system though. There"s too much echo.
Written June 21, 2015
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Biggie T Yu
Metro Manila, Philippines63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
When you happen to be in Iloilo, a must visit is the Gothic church of Molo dedicated to the mother of the Mary, St. Anne. This magnificent church was built in 1831 and is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the province. One distinct feature of this church are the statues of female saints mounted at each pillar of the church - which explains why it is known to be a feminist church.
Written February 23, 2015
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