San Isidro Labrador Parish and Convent of Lazi, Siquijor

The San Isidro Labrador Parish and Convent in Lazi, Siquijor are reminiscent of the old Spanish settlement in the province. Constructed by Augustinian Recollects, the Baroque church was established in 1857. The convent, one of the oldest and biggest in the country was erected in 1887.

Baroque Style San Isidro Labrador Church of Lazi, Siquijor

The church complex is among the Baroque Churches of the Philippines list submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to UNESCO as candidate for  World Heritage Site.

San Isidro Labrador Convent

According to NCCA’s submission, “the church has two pulpits, the original retablos, and wood floors with herringbone pattern. The church walls are approximately a meter thick, The walls are reinforced with log post which are embedded in the wall. The façade is veneered with coral stone, while the rest is made of fill. The pediments of the church are made of wood panels.”

The interior of Lazi Church

“Across the church is a large convent, which was used for rest and recreation of the Friars. It is a U-shape structure, with stonewalls at the first level, and wood studs and panels at the second floor. The convent has width of about 50 meters and a depth of about 50 meters. Most of the partitions of the convent have been removed, but the design elements are seen in most parts of the structure.”

Inside the Convent

The National Historical Institute declared the church and convent as national landmarks due to its religious, historical and architectural importance, not only to the province of Siquijor, but to the entire Philippines.

San Isidro Labrador Parish and Convent in Lazi is half an hour away from the provincial capitol, Siquijor.


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  3. Verna Alih

    Hi, Lakwatsero…. just a correction. The town/pueblo of Lazi was established in May 31, 1854, named after the mother of Governor-General Manuel Pavia y LACY. The parish was established on August 8, 1857. The church was constructed in 1882 and completed in 1884, the bell tower completed in 1885. Construction of the began in 1887 and completed in 1891.

    Siquijor is a safe place to visit….stories on sorcery and witchcraft abound which only adds to its mystique.

    1. Verna Alih

      correction….. Construction of the convent began in 1887 and completed in 1891.

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    hi, im planning to go to dumaguete this september and i already planned my stay there. pero ngdadalawang isip lng talaga ko if hindi ba talaga nakakatakot pumunta sa siquijor,alam mo yung mga sabi-sabi i wanna see those places kc that you posted here. thanks i hope you can give some idea kung ok ba pumunta dun where just only 2 lang kasi. i just wanna say i really love your site more power ;)))

    1. Thanks shishie 🙂 Naku, do not be affected by the sabi-sabi, Siquijor is a beautiful place. You can go there naman on a day tour from Dumaguete, just like the way we did. I am writing my Siquijor on a Day post now, i will let you know pag naipost ko na so you will have an idea 🙂

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