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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Iloilo: Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral

The Jaro Cathedral is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jaro. It is located in district of Jaro in Iloilo City, in the province of Iloilo, on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is known as the shrine of Our Lady of Candles and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as well as the parish of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

Statue at the main entrance of Jaro Cathedral
The Churches and their belfries are built adjacent to each other. This is a remnant of an older building that collapsed during an earthquake. The Jaro Cathedral is among the churches in the Philippines that has its belfry separated from it, across the national highway and situated in Jaro's Plaza.
Jaro Belfry, ruined in a 1948 earthquake, but now restored. 
One of the few belfries in the country that stands apart from the church.
Visitors can go up to a kind of a veranda or balcony at the front of the Jaro cathedral where an icon of a Madonna and child, approximated to be life size. It is encased in glass and is dressed in typical cape. It has a large white choker around its neck. Catholic devotees believed that the image is miraculous and is originally sheltered further up in a small niche atop the churchfront. Over the years, the icon is believed to have grown in size, and when it could no longer fit the niche, it had to be brought down, hence its current location.
Stairs to the veranda/balcony
Image Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria at the balcony/veranda
The Jaro Cathedral is the first and only cathedral in Panay built in 1864. One of its high points in Panay's history was the visit of Pope John Paul VI, conducting a mass in 1982.

Newly Renovated Cathedral with LCD TV on both sides 

The church is the famous Parish of Our Lady of Candles, also known as the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Jaro and the site of a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary, which was canonically crowned by the late Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1982. The image is the only religious icon in the country to have been personally crowned by a Pope.

Jaro's celebration of the Feast of Nuestra SeƱora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of the Candles) every February 2,  a well known Feast in the Philippines and became the patroness of Western Visayas and Jaro, Iloilo.

Adoration Chapel

Jaro Cathedral Mass Schedule
  • Sunday Mass
    • 5:00 am (H) 6:30 am (H) 8:00 am (E), 9:30 am (E), 12:00 noon (E) (Charismatic)
    • 3:00 pm (H) 4:30 pm (H) 6:00 pm (E), 7:30 pm
  • Daily Mass (Monday - Saturday)
    • 5:30 am (H), 6:00 am (E), 6:30 am (H)
    • 12:15 pm, 5:30 pm (H)
    • 5:30 pm (Saturday- aniticipated sunday mass) Youth Mass
    (H- Hiligaynon, E- English)
    (Mass Schedule may subject to change without prior notice)

    Check this out: National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles

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