looking at a solid structure occupying the town's central park was remarkably stunning. i've never seen a church in such a very solid form. this is the church of Miagao, one of the four Baroque churches in the Philippines declared to be a World Heritage site by UNESCO.Miagao is about 40kilometers from Iloilo city and just about 10minutes away from Guimbal church. this is my last stop of the three churches that i've picked to visit. i made sure that this will be my end point.Miagao church or also known as the church of Sto Tomas de Villanueva, was first constructed in the late 18th century by the Spanish friars. like the town of Guimbal, this town was attacked by pirates many times. several churches, within the town before this, were burned making the friars and the town people build a stronger and solid structure.the unique facade art of the church represents the town's livelihood which was farming. the facade art shows St. Christopher carrying the child Jesus on his back. the papaya trees and other ornamental icons creates a native look.the church's facade also has the icon of the pope and that of its patron saint, St. Tomas of Villanueva. he is also the patron saint of the St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.this church is quite unique because the church was built by Spanish friars along with the influence of some of the natives of Miagao. it was damaged many times yet renovated to be in its strongest form, now believed to be the town's fortress.one thing that makes it look very strong and solid are its walls, which are about a meter and a half thick with a number of strong tilted supports on its sides. one should also see the church's blessed sacrament. it is located on the right edge of the church in a prayer room. the blessed sacrament is encased in a shape formed from the church's unique belfry. it looks like a miniature belfry.i was quite unlucky though, as i waited for about an hour for the church to open, yet i don't have enough time as i need to go back to Iloilo to prepare for our next trip. this gives me a reason to visit this church again, which i'll definitely do.this ends my Iloilo series and thank you very much for always keeping in touch.