Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish, which was completed in 1881 was once one of the richest Parish  in Negros Occidental for its vast church properties

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental

I am always fascinated by old Churches  and one of the oldest in Negros and still magnificent up to this time is the  Sta.  Maria Magdalena Parish Church in the Municipality of Hinigaran.We dropped by the church on our way home from our trip in Candoni.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the church because it was along the way when we were going home from our trip in Candoni.

The  Sta.  Maria Magdalena Parish Church is just along the highway and in front of the public plaza, so it’s difficult to miss it.

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

The altar of Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

I was really glad because when we got in at the present convent, there were people present  and they gave me the history of the church.  The Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church in Hinigaran is one of the Spanish colonial churches of Negros and considered as a cultural treasure  and the honored heritage of the  18th century during the Spanish Era.

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

It was said that on November 4, 1848, the first Augustinian-recollect parish priest arrived in Hinigaran in the person of Fr. Pavon. Fr. Pavon was responsible for the building of the temporary church which was made of light materials.

The construction of the present church began only in 1858. Just like when other old churches were built in other parts of the country, forced labor was required to the community  to render 15 days of employment for  the building. They were likewise required to donate 25 PCs of eggs to serve as the binder for the construction of the walls made of lime, corals, and bricks. Those materials along with hardwood were also used as pillars of the church which were supposed to have been carried from Guimaras, Palawan and the upper section of Hinigaran  known as Patiqui.

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

The 3-level belfry made of coral stones and bricks of the Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

The construction of the church resulted in the speedy rebirth of the natives to Catholicism. While the church prompted the citizenry of the blood and sweat of their forebears who lived along the construction, the natives readily accepted the Catholic religion. The strong religious fervor spurred them, especially that the affluent members of the community donated their estate holdings for the backing of the church, therefore making the  Sta.  Maria Magdalena Parish Church of Hinigaran as one of the richest parishes in Negros Occidental because of its vast church properties.

The Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church , it’s belfry, and the convent were completed in 1881.

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church

The five (5) big bells dated 1867, 1878, 1871 and 1876 which was taken from the belfry is now on display at the front of the church convent.


Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church is located at the center of Hinigaran fronting the public Plaza.  Hinigaran is about an-hour-and-15 minute drive south of Bacolod City using public transport and one hour on private vehicles. Public utility vehicles running the southern Negros route pass through the municipality, dubbed as “Gateway to Southern Negros”.

Contact Information:

Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish Church – Hinigaran

Churches & Religious Services

Address: Hinigaran, Negros Occidental

Phone:(034) 391 7796

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  1. I love places like this. Very wonderful! I’d love to visit this one soon 🙂

  2. This church is so beautiful! I love all the pictures. Happy New Year!

  3. What a beautiful church to visit! I love all the pictures you took! Would love to see that someday in real life.

  4. What a beautiful church, the architecture is really stunning. The history behind it, and the fact that it still looks so beautiful makes this a very fascinating place to visit.

  5. Old churches are nice too look at..from afar. I’m like scared to go in a church that looks old. Too many scary movies I think lol

  6. wow, what a gem! I agree with Chubskulit, Philippines has lots of historic and gorgeous churches.

  7. Looks like Historical place. I wish i could visit there someday if i have a chance.

  8. It is a beautiful church indeed. I could spend quite a while looking at that exterior!

  9. I never realized how many beautiful churches there was in the Phillipines! Gorgeous

  10. I share your fascination of old churches. I like them because of their architecture and how much history they have. Negro is one of the places here in the Philippines that I have yet to visit.

  11. Yes, I must add my name to the list of people loving old churches.

  12. I love churches that are so well built

  13. my favorite is the picture with all of the bells. it is beautiful

  14. what beauty inside and out I can see why it is a cherished so much

  15. I love looking at old churches. This one is so unique.

  16. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Wow, what a gorgeous church. Loved all of your photos.

  17. What a beautiful church to have our silent and focus our hearts to God.

  18. That is one beautiful church! Philippines has lots of beautiful churches.

  19. Churches are wonderful to look at inside and out. There is so much detail and the energy always feels so relaxing and serene. Thanks for sharing these!

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