Feb. 17, 2008
Detail, Church, Leon, Iloilo Province
Feb. 17, 2008
Church, Leon, Iloilo Province
Leon is a bit larger than Alimodian. It has a another old Spanish church overlooking a huge and very beautiful and well maintained town plaza, and a spiffy municipal building. Near the municipal building is an old library which, unfortunately, looked derelict. The town itself lies beneath the church and plaza. First is an extensive public market, including a large new wing. There are even a few "high-rise" buildings of four or five stories in the business district
Church from Plaza, Alimodian, Iloilo
Church Interior, Alimodian, Iloilo
Church Courtyard, Alimodian, Iloilo
I don't know anything about the history of the Alimodian church but it's obvious that it's had a tumultuous life and is now a crazy-quit of historic stonework, and concrete additions, patches and reinforcements. It's quite a huge complex for such a small place consisting of the church itself and a large attached convent. An architectural historian could spend enjoyable weeks here puzzling out the evolution of this complex. Certainly there are many wonderful features that have been preserved by generations of Alimodians.
Church - Side Entrance, Alimodian, Iloilo
Alimodian an exceptionally attractive small community nestled in the hills with an impressive old Spanish-era church overlooking a large, lovely and well-groomed town plaza. Both are fortunate legacies of Spanish town planning precepts. It has to be said that the real treasure of the Philippines is its people but the very considerable architectural and town planning legacy is almost entirely from the Spanish and American colonial eras.
Church Belltower, Alimodian, Iloilo
The upper stories of the original belltower were destroyed by earthquakes.
Church Complex, Alimodian, Iloilo
On February 16, 2008 four of us set off to explore two hill towns in Iloilo Province; Alimodian and Leon. Much of the immediate area around Iloilo City is quite flat so we were anxious to get up in to the hill country. We started out from our home in Molo and drove the National Highway west to the pretty town of Oton. At Oton we turned off the National Highway onto what is locally called the Oton-Sta. Clara Road. It begins at Barangay Buray and heads north through Sta. Rita, Sta Monica, Biaga and Sta. Rita. Not long after leaving Oton the countryside becomes very "bundok", a countryside of nipa houses and the road quite rough. Sta. Monica is a pretty little place. Not long after Biaga the terrain become hillier. Next we turned onto the road to Alimodian. That road climbs moderately to the town. Alimodian's altitude is only about 100 meters above sea level but it has the feel of a mountain town because of the hills that rise around it, particularly to the west. The weather on the day of our trip was comparatively cool and Alimodian seemed cooler than the city. Please see expanded coverage of Alimodian, Iloilo at http://goiloilo.com/category/places/alimodian/
Tigbauan, Iloilo Church Entrance
Tigbauan, Iloilo Church Detail
Pierced Heart, an Augustinian icon, Tigbauan Church