May 11, 2013. It was my first time in Calinog, a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, and home to the Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival every fifth Sunday of the year. I went with my parents who had to visit somebody whose house was beside the parish church and adjacent to the plaza. From Philippine history with analytical approach that was taught in the University of the Philippines, Visayas-Miag ao, the host herself and her family is prominent in the place since their house is so obviously part of the Plaza Complex during the Spanish era in the country.
My brother and I sauntered a bit around the plaza. I did not see the usual statue of Jose Rizal in the middle of plazas. Aside from the band stand,
I noticed the monument of what I believed was a statue of a local that represents all the rest who courageously fought for the welfare of their place.
There seems to be a way up, so my brother and I found our way through the pile of stones.
I then walked towards the church
Most of the church walls are still made of authentic old bricks. They have celebrated centennial anniversaries, as carved in the front door.
There is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi on the left facade,
and a statue of St. Lorenzo Ruiz on the right.
The names of the different donors of statues and building materials were noticeable in all parts of the church. It says that people of Calinog are devotees and are generous in building their church.