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Pardo Church

My friend Mary Ann – my tour guide in Manila together with Masil – bought some stuff for her nieces and nephews. She asked me to take the items to their house in Talisay City. I didn’t have to go to the office today so I drove all the way to Talisay to pay her family a visit. On my way to Talisay City, however, I dropped by the Santo Tomas de Villanueva church in Pardo. This very nice-looking church, I later learned, is more than a hundred years old. Here are some photos of Pardo’s very gorgeous church. Hope you like them.


The Santo Tomas de Villanueva church in Pardo, Cebu City.

Pardo Church by you.

Life-size statue of an angel near the front door. The statue is holding a small basin which contains holy water.

Pardo Church by you.

View of the church interior and the center aisle.

Pardo Church by you.

Statue of Jesus Christ and view of churchgoers inside the church.

Pardo Church by you.

Church altar with a giant image of Santo Tomas de Villanueva.

Pardo Church by you.

Church facade. Very nice.

Pardo Church by you.

Side door which leads to the garden.

Pardo Church by you.

Church windows.

Pardo Church by you.

The grotto right beside the church.

Pardo Church by you.

Closer look of the grotto of Mother Mary.

Pardo Church by you.

Church bells.

Pardo Church by you.

Visit the Santo Tomas de Villanueva church in Pardo now!



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52 responses to “Pardo Church

  1. ianne August 22, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Very nice church indeed! Being nominated, it means you’re already a winner. :-)

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  3. ofw_cebu August 22, 2009 at 4:37 am

    nindot pod ni sya during christmas season kay butangan nila ug lights, nindot kaayo tan awon pag gabii….

  4. noli August 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

    i noticed on you bai Ley, you are fascinated with church photography. every town/city you visited, there is always couple of snap shots here and there about the church of that area. please don’t put color on my comments, it’s just my own personal observation on you. may not be bad either if you could share us your inner feel if i am right. anyways, they are great shots as usual.

  5. billy August 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I think it’s because churches, especially the old ones, are the very prominent public structures that are readily known, available and accessible. I too would love to take pictures of old churches in places I go.

  6. clarence August 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    ang groto sab karaan na pud kaayo.
    naa pa picture akong tiya nganha kadtong 4 yo. pa siya :D

  7. Cebu Destinations August 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I’ve also visited this church once..

    its nice din..

  8. Shadows of Me August 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I’ve visited this church once… wala lang. for praying.

  9. Movie Reviews August 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

    sometimes, anha man me diha manimba.

  10. brian August 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hi there…

    Im Brian, your fan… its nice you made a stop in my Barangay…Nice pictures as usual,

    Keep it up dude.

  11. inday myrna August 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats Ley, MCPB is a nominee for 2009 Philippine Blog Awards. Im sure Mate your MCPB is a winner…Nice church nice pictures

  12. luisa USA August 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    nice photogs thanks….

    ley, how can we nominate MCPB?

  13. deejay August 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    hwaw! the church is stunning! it has such character, too. i like looking at old churches… (ayoko lang pumasok kasi baka masunog ako, ahehehe).

    hi leylander! *waves*

  14. Victoria-New York August 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

    congratulations on the Nomination, Ley

  15. anne August 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    congrats bai ley!
    i pray jud nako nga modaog ang mcpb.

  16. vercessa August 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    so proud that i can see the church from the window of my room, Lumad gud taga pardo.. yes, its really nice to see the church during christmas.. full of lights.. then bugnaw pud bec. of the tress that surrounds it.. pero gipa putol lng ni fr. mike ang dapit sa prayer room.. Thnks for dropping by sa amung parkoya,,

  17. Camela September 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I just love this church not being bias… i grow up in this town… And this is we’re i took my wedding vows, way back 2003. Memories from this church is just amazing… I agree to Ms Vercessa… its nice jud pag mag Pasko labi na ang misa de gallo.. come and witness the place.

  18. nase September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    agree judko ana kay almost everyday naa ko church coz i rily find the place comforting and of course nagserve judko dri na church since i was 10yrs old til now 30 na tawn ko kapin and stil serving this wonderful church…..and of course i know all the priest servng der and some of them are close to me heheheh naghambog and 1 thing the priest whose celebrating the mass on the pic is a very dear friend of mine..hope u can visit the church during this time coz wer celebrating our 143rd feast sa parish and the place is so festive jud..wer now on our second day novena mass and feast will be on 22nd of sept and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will celbrate the mass this coming wednesday then…Viva Sto.Tomas de Villanueva!!!! God bless us all…..

  19. vercessa September 26, 2009 at 12:01 am

    to nase– as in noh… c father juesan jud ang nag mas.. walang ka kupas2x. ehehehe sukad 10 years old ko nana jud dra c fr. juesan.. 22 nko run c father juesan gihapon akong pirmi ma simbahan… pag pista naka chamba kong padre dennis, kaila ka?

  20. neneth usa April 18, 2010 at 1:48 am

    maayo unta nga moda-ug kay sigi ra ba ko ug simba diha sa pardo, santo thomas de villanueva, diha ko gikasal 2004.

  21. richie acuña April 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

    hmmm. .pede mo ask ninyo n0h?. .why man nga naai illuminati sign sa front sa church?. .

    • Brando March 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Maybe it’s a good reason that the Catholic Church is a member of Illuminati.

      • arai ko March 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        Not a too good reason. After seeing this sign in only one edifice of this island, you fallaciously concluded and branded the whole Catholic Church to include the Vatican in Rome as a member of this shady group.

        Construction of the present-day church was started by Fray Manuel Ybiernas who was parish priest from 1873 to 1893 (from Cebu Heritage blog). I’ve seen via Google a picture of this church taken in the 1960’s which showed only a circular hole instead of an ‘eye’. Can we say then that before 1960 the Catholic Church was not a member?

        And if we read the Wikipedia, we can see that other than the Illuminati all-seeing eye, there is also the Christian (no specific reference to just Catholic) all-seeing eye.

        • sargie March 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

          i agree with you that we will not coclude directly, we must study first why is it like that? but i have a question, why is that only the catholic church has the logo of the “all seeing eye”? like pardo church, sto. rosario church, sto. nino church? villaba leyte church and many more.yes, its true that there are many christians who are member also to illuminati unknowingly, why? bec they are aware about illuminati but they dont aware about world council of churches (wcc) which the head is the vatican…. wcc is a member of illuminati. pls try to search members of illuminati. God bless

        • sargie March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

          if some chapters of catholic church are members of illuminati, then why did the vatican did not take any action for cutting the evil one? but if they did any actions, but then why is the church until now is active or open for catholics?why did vatican tolerate other churches of catholic if they join to satanic groups?

          • Brando March 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

            Sayon ra ang tubag bai, ang Vatican mismo maoy numero unong miembro sa Illuminati. Wala ka kahibalo nga ang Pope maoy tinood nga Anti-Christ? Magpataka lang sila og pasangil kang bisan kinsa pero sila ra diay to…

            Research lang pag-ayo bai kai daghan gyud ka mahibaw-an. Peace out!!!

    • Brando March 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

      I-google lang para daghan ka mahibaw-an… ;-)

  22. ruben June 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    thanks, your pictures are great. faith and tourism fused in one site..

  23. Mae H. Cerritos, CA September 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Hi Ley!

    Karon pa ko naka balik ug browse, nindot ang mga photos sa Sto Tomas de Villanueva parish in Pardo. Hapit na ang fiesta…
    Happy Fiesta to all Parishioners in Pardo.
    Viva Sto Tomas!

  24. henrey madrigal September 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    nice pics ! bringing back childhood memories of the place
    pa share ha

  25. Brando February 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Nice pics!

    Duda lang ko aning simbahana kai naay “all seeing eye”. Murag miembro pud ni sa Illuminati. Saon nalang.

    The “Anti Christ” is in the Vatican!

    • Whatsis February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

      right..ingun mga tao, di sila gnahan ug illuminati…but i think they don’t have any idea that they’re already bowing down to illuminati…The “all-seeing eye” is the favorite symbol of illuminati…look at the US dollar’s there also and almost everything in this world kuha na sa nalang ang mga tao ug pakita ana..
      wake up people!!!

    • Merin November 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      The symbol is called The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) and is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle. It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (or divine providence).

      The illuminati might be using these and they are slowly changing the true meaning of this symbol.

  26. arai ko March 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Can anyone please positively confirm if this “eye” symbol indeed exists in “sto. rosario church, sto. nino church? villaba leyte church and many more”?

    • Brando March 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

      I don’t think that “all seeing eye” did exist in the churches you mentioned. I only noticed it in Pardo church and that made me wonder why.

      • Spam November 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        there are a lot of churches!! not just roman catholic churches,.. look round you,..they are many now, in different symbols, same meaning,… Illuminati., Seek for truth.

  27. jason dominggo September 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

    does anyone here knows about the underground passage to Badjang from the right entrance inside of the our church?

  28. nene July 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    me too, kabantay sad ko anang symbol sa illuminati.. just wondering why? karon kai medyo dili nako musulod sa kana nga simbahan after i knew nga mao diay na meaning sa illuminati..

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