Iligan City | 7 Catholic Churches for Your Visita Iglesia

Holy Week (also known as Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw) in the Philippines is celebrated with as much passion as we celebrate Christmas. During Holy Week, which starts on  Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe.

During Maundy Thursday, Christians observe Visita Iglesia, also known as The Seven Churches Visitation.  Catholics go on a church pilgrimage and visit 7 Christian sites or parishes.

With Iligan City being predominantly Catholic, there are many Roman Catholic churches to visit for the annual Visita Iglesia. Here are some of them:

1.  St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral

Located right at the heart of the city, St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral along Quezon Avenue is the principal church of Iligan’s Catholic archdiocese. More information about the cathedral in Explore Iligan's post.

St. Michael's Cathedral 3 - Iligan City, Philippines

St. Michael's Cathedral 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

2.  Corpus Christi Parish Church

Another popular destination for Visita Iglesia in Iligan City is Corpus Christi Parish Church in Tubod.

Corpus Christi Parish Church 1 - Iligan City, Philippines

Corpus Christi Parish Church - Iligan City, Philippines

3.  Lord of the Holy Cross Parish

This church is located in Isabel Village, Pala-o, just a walking distance from the Bishop's House.

Lord of the Holy Cross Parish - Iligan City, Philippines

Lord of the Holy Cross Parish 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

4.  Resurrection of the Lord Chinese-Filipino Catholic Church

Also in Pala-o, the Resurrection of the Lord Chinese-Filipino Catholic Church is also worth a visit.

Resurrection of the Lord Chinese-Filipino Catholic Church 1 - Iligan City, Philippines

Resurrection of the Lord Chinese-Filipino Catholic Church 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

5.  Inahan Sa Kinabuhi Seminary

This is the chapel within the complex in the Inahan Sa Kinabuhi Seminary located at Seminary Drive, Iligan City.

Inahan sa Kinabuhi Seminary - Iligan City, Philippines

Inahan sa Kinabuhi Seminary 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

5. Redemptorist Church

One of the older churches in Iligan City is the Redemptorist Church, which was established in 1959.  It is located in Brgy San Miguel.

Redemptorist Church - Iligan City, Philippines

Redemptorist Church 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

7.  Immaculate Conception Parish

This is a relatively new parish located in Bahayan Subdivision, Luinab. I included this here because it is closest to our home. :)

Immaculate Conception Parish - Iligan City, Philippines

Immaculate Conception Parish 2 - Iligan City, Philippines

Hi-res photos on Flickr.

Other Catholic Churches to Visit in Iligan City:

  1. San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Tambo
  2. San Roque Parish, Acmac
  3. San Pedro Calungsod Parish, Cabacsanan
  4. Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Digkilaan
  5. Congregation of the Holy Spirit Formation House, Pindugangan, Tipanoy
  6. San Isidro Labrador Parish, Buru-un
  7. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine, Tibanga
  8. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Suarez

Up for a quick road trip? 

If you're up for a little adventure in neighboring municipalities, you might want to visit the following shrines:

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental

Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental


And in case you're feeling more adventurous with a lot more time in your hands, why not go for a trans-Mindanao road trip for your annual Visita Iglesia?

Where are you headed to this Holy Week? 

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