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Around town: Molo, Iloilo City Edit

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Home of the Feminist Church

From being a Parian, or a town where Chinese people were required to live by the Spanish colonizers, Molo has emerged as one of the most celebrated districts of Iloilo City. 

The entire area looks like one huge plaza: one marvelous religious structure stands on the center, and the people surrounding it—may they be bibingka or fishball vendors, students or pedestrians—constantly interact with one another. 

The vibe is always festive, a place where there is constant movement.


Molo Bibingka

The Molo Church. The façade of the church, telling of the neogothic influence, already gives travelers a preview of the rich history of the building. 



The church was raised in 1831, under the supervision of Father Pablo Montaño, and was completed under the direction of Don Jose Manuel Locsin.

Coral stones, as well as the two red pyramidal spires, show how the so-called Feminist Church has aged with glory.

It is easy to reach the area as almost all jeepney routes with “Molo” or “Arevalo” on the signage will pass by the plaza. Inside the church, one can find the centerpiece that holds the image of the patron saint, St. Anne, and the 16 statues of female saints along the aisle.


Molo Church

Molo Mansion. Right across the church is the grand Molo Mansion built in the 1920s. Saving the structure from deteriorating, it has been restored and turned into a heritage museum. 

It now houses crafts and arts by the Ilonggos, and tourists can conveniently shop in a cultural retail store by the lobby.


Molo Mansion

Food Park. While it houses some of the country’s oldest structures, Molo still radiates the progressive side of Iloilo city through modern establishments that appeal to the younger crowd, or who we now label as the millennials.

 Food Park is now seen as one of the go-to places of those who simply want to chill and enjoy good food, local coffee, or even pre-game drinks.

From a grotesque heritage of the past to hip hangout places, Molo has indeed kept up with the demands of time without neglecting its symbolic roots.

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