On Jocson Street, Molo walking toward Avancena Street and St. Anne's Church. This is a short walk from where we live.
The bell towers of the Church of St. Anne, c. 1831, rise above the old Chinese district of Molo and are viable from many points in the city. Its soaring Gothic design distinguishes it from the typical baroque-influenced churches of the Philippines. Inside, the beautiful wooden retablo provides the Gothic focal point, with its rich tapestry of spires and niches crowned by pointed arches. Fortunately, this church seems to have survived the massive 1948 earthquake which damaged or destroyed so many Iloilo churches. The bell towers appear to have been reconstructed in concrete. There are reports that one of the belltowers was destroyed by US military artillery fire in 1945 as US troops liberated the island. The tower was suspected of housing a Japanese machine gun position.