The Jaro Cathedral, formally known as the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles, is one of Iloilo’s most famous churches. As you can guess from its name, it is located in the Jaro district of this quaint island, a place many people pass through when going from one part of the island to another.
It was formally declared by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) on 2012 and is the second national shrine in the Visayas (the first one found in Cebu). The architecture is of an old Romanesque Revival style, identifiable with round arches located in several doorways and windows across the structure.
It was built during the sugar business boom that enough money was made to build up its original incarnation back in 1874. It was destroyed in 1948 by an earthquake but then repaired by 1956 by the first Archbishop of Jaro, José María Cuenco.