JARO CATHEDRAL, ILO-ILO

Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral is another example of the historical baroque architectures in the country. Built in 1864 by the order of Mariano Cuartero, who is the first bishop of Jaro. In 1948, this structure was destroyed by earthquake and was restored in 1956 by the order of the first archbishop Jose Ma. Cuenco. The famous orator, Graciano Lopez Jaena was baptized in this church. In 1976, this church was proclaimed as Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute.

Jaro Belfry
In front of Jaro Cathedral is the Jaro Belfry. This structure was built in 1744 by the Spaniards as a religious place and served as a watchtower by the armies. It was heavily damaged by earthquake, but a few decades later it was reconstructed.

WHERE TO STAY IN ILO-ILO:
I stayed at Ong Bun Pension House for only 350 pesos per night for a fan room.