La Paz Church in Iloilo - Philippines
There are several churches in Iloilo, and the Philippines in geenral, but one that you can definitely include on your list to visit is the La Paz Church. As with the other churches in the province, it is most remarkable for its beauty and history.
The precursor to the current La Paz Church was one built in 1847 at the behest of Father Candido Gonzales. The original edifice was made up mainly of bricks and wood, and was not that durable. During the period from 1870 to 1874, the process for building a new church was begun, and the features that make up the building now were incorporated during that early period.
The La Paz Church is often said to resemble the house of worship at San Jose, also in Iloilo. However, this church has a look and style that is entirely its own. It has been called Neo Classical in appearance and this is in many ways justified. It is mainly dark brown in color, thanks to the use of the many bricks in its construction. The pillars and the frames around the windows are all in white.
The La Paz Church is rectangular in shape, and the two towers at the top are octagonal in shape, capped by a dome on which sits atop the cross. The beauty that it projects is one of simplicity and yet it commands a presence that cannot be ignored.
Those who are used to looking and have made a study of classic art and architecture will notice the similarity it has with the Greek style of building, and yet while the Greco Roman influence is apparent, the unmistakable imprint of Christian art and philosophy is also reflected, particularly when the interiors of the La Paz Church are seen. But even if you do not have an artistic background, your eyes will tell you that it is a sight to behold.
The La Paz Church is right at La Paz in Iloilo City. If you are near the area, you can use a tricycle to reach the church, but if you are coming from some distance a jeepney bound for La Paz will be needed. Depending on how far you are the cost could be 20 Php or more. The town is known by a variety of names, including Lobo, Llauon, Llaod, while the older residents call it Bagong Banua (New Town). Do not be confused; they all refer to the same place.
The La Paz Church is not just another one of those churches in the Philippines that you just go through. With its lovely setting and the splendid way the edifice was designed, it will be a tourist attraction you will want to return to.