These four churches earned the distinction of being classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site under the classification of Baroque Churches of the Philippines. These churches’ unique architectural design which UNESCO classified as a “reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen” serves as an inspiration of future churches built in their respective regions.
I am fortunate enough to visit three out of four churches listed herein. Well, I actually saw all four churches but I was not able to take a picture of the Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur because our bus simply passed by the area and I was not able to take a picture of the church.
The churches are:
San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila
Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
(Picture courtesy of my friend Jenny Rose, taken last April 2012)
Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo