Jimenez Church

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Jimenez Church
San Juan Bautista Parish Church
Iglesia Parroquial de San Juan Bautista
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Jimenez Church is located in Philippines
Jimenez Church
Jimenez Church
Location in the Philippines
8°20′04″N 123°50′22″E / 8.334495°N 123.839324°E / 8.334495; 123.839324Coordinates: 8°20′04″N 123°50′22″E / 8.334495°N 123.839324°E / 8.334495; 123.839324
LocationMisamis Occidental
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationNational Cultural treasure
Architect(s)Father Roque Azcona
Architectural typeChurch building
StyleBaroque and Renaissance
CompletedLate 1880s
MaterialsCoral Stone, Sand, Gravel, Cement, Steel
ArchbishopJesus Dosado

The San Juan Bautista Parish Church (Spanish: Iglesia Parroquial de San Juan Bautista), commonly referred to as Jimenez Church, is a late-19th century, Baroque church located at Brgy. Poblacion, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. The parish church, under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist, is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ozamiz. The church was declared a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines in 2001.[1]

Parish History[edit]

The town of Jimenez was originally established by the Augustinian Recollects in 1829 and with Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary as its patron saint. The present church, built mostly from hewn coral stone, was erected in the 19th century on a site previously settled by the Subanons, a local tribe.[2] The erection of the church structure is attributed to Father Roque Azcona between the years 1862 to 1863. The church was believed to have been completed in the late 1880s.[1]


The church is predominantly Baroque in architecture with features reminiscent of the Renaissance style. The church façade, contrary to other Roman Catholic churches of the same era, is devoid of a pediment. It features a portico with three semicircular arched entrances lined on top with a parapet. The rectangular mass of the portico is crowned by three pedimented saints’ niches. Behind the façade is the nave wall with its simple, gabled roof and windows. To the left of the church stands the rectangular, three-tiered bell tower topped with finials, a domed roof and a lantern. The clock mechanism are still intact.[1][2]


The interiors of the church is reportedly one of the best preserved interior of a Roman Catholic church in Mindanao. It features a painting done in 1898 and portions made of tabique pampango, a local version of a dry wall using panels of interwoven slats or branches and covered with lime.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Cabigas, Estan. "Visita Iglesia: Spanish era churches in Mindanao". simbahan.net. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Galende, Pedro (2007). Philippine Church Facades (1st ed.). Manila, Philippines: San Agustin Museum. p. 332. ISBN 978-971-07-2433-8.