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Molo Plaza now restored to its full regalia

Submitted by on August 12, 2012 – 10:53 am11 Comments


After months of anticipation, the old Molo Plaza, seemed neglected for generations, is now restored to its old grandeur. The pathways are now new, the statues at the gazebo are back, and the trees have been trimmed. The beautiful St Anne Church can now be seen in full, without the trees blocking the view. At night, magnificent lights enliven the plaza. But most important of all, the people of Molo and Iloilo City can truly enjoy the fruits of the city government’s commitment to conserve and restore our heritage.

The historic Molo Plaza is now again open for everyone. Take your time in admiring the architecture of the Neo-Gothic Molo church and gazebo, enjoy at the restored playground, or stroll and jog at the smooth pathways.

With the excellent outcome of the rehabilitation of the Molo Plaza, we’re now looking that these efforts be replicated at other plazas in the city – Plaza Libertad, Mandurriao Plaza, La Paz Plaza and Jaro Plaza.

Molo Plaza in August 2011

Molo Plaza Iloilo

Molo Plaza in August 2012





The Temple of God Gazebo


The God and Goddesses at Molo

MOLO CHURCH in different angles




maria clara molo copy

Francesco Monti’s Maria Clara Statue




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  • Darlene says:

    Hi Mark,

    What is the story behind the statue of the Greek gods in Molo plaza? Why do they have to have them there? Is it necessary to have it built?

    • Mark Segador says:

      Hi Ma’am Darlene! based on what my father told me, many years (or decades) ago, sculptures of Greek Gods and Goddesses were in display at the pedestals at the gazebo. as to the reason why and when the statues were lost, i have no idea. i believe the project handlers chose to restore the “classical” look of the plaza so as to give more emphasis on Molo’s title as the Athens of the Philippines. i hope the other plazas in the city will be restored and beautified as well. =)

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  • Anna Filippicci Bonettti says:

    Nota da Cremona (Italia)
    A Molo esiste una scultura dello scultore italiano Francesco Riccardo Monti di Cremona in omaggio a Lady Maria Clara. Dovrebbe trovarsi poco lontano dalla chiesa principale
    Una parente dello scultore cremonese

    • Mark Segador says:

      Note: Above Comment is in Italian, I used Google Translate to verify the meaning. I hope I get this correct.
      Note from Cremona (Italy)
      In Molo there is a sculpture by the Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti di Cremona in tribute to Lady Maria Clara. It should be located just off the main church
      A relative of the sculptor Cremona

      My reply: Hi Anna! Thank you for pointing this out. I’ve been puzzled at a statue at our plaza, and thank you for enlightening me. The statue of Maria Clara is still intact. It’s located at other wing of the plaza (the part that’s not yet rehabilitated). Wow, if it’s Monti’s it’s as old as our 1930s city hall. Thank you very much!

      • Narciso C. Dionson says:

        Thanks Anna Bonetti for pointing out the origin of the Maria Clara statue in Molo. I last saw it in the late 199o’s when we were living in Tigbauan and the jeepneys would take us only as far as the Molo Plaza. I would wander around and hope the plaza would be restored to its former glory as was done in La Paz. But the Maria Clara sculpture was truly striking in its beauty.

  • Anna Filippicci Bonettti says:

    La statua , omaggio a Lady Clara è stata scolpita nel 1933

  • Anna Filippicci Bonettti says:

    Fedele alla cultura locale, con questa opera Francesco Riccardo Monti, Cremonese, rende omaggio a Donna Maria Clara, sfruttando la tipologia a larghi piani e le oblique tipiche del costume nazionale, dimostrando una conoscenza profonda della popolazione locale e dei posti ossia: l’ambiente storico, sociale, culturale ed economico del luogo. Il basamento, al contrario, è opera di forte impianto classico occidentale; raffigura un tempietto romano con medaglioni decorativi. Questa tipologia rimanda a consimili opere databili alla ripresa umbertina italiana tra il 1880 e il 1900.
    Mi piacerebbe ammirare sul suo sito una foto di Lady Clara.

    • toto says:

      Note: Above Comment is in Italian, I used Google Translate to verify the meaning. I hope I get this correct.
      Note from Cremona (Italy)

      Faithful to the local culture, with this work Francis Riccardo Monti, Cremonese, pays tribute to Donna Maria Clara, by exploiting the typology to wide plans and obliques typical of the national costume, demonstrating a profound knowledge of the local population and jobs: the historic environment,

    • Rene Tirol says:

      Sono delle Filippine, ma vivo in Montreal. Voglio sapere come Francesco Ricardo Monti, un Cremonese aveva la motivazione a scolpire una statua di Maria Clara. Alcuni diconno que non e veramente la statua di questa figura del libro di Rizal (chi aveva visitato Molo che durante le 1890s era la piu grande citta della provinza Iloilo). Forse era una commisionne di padroni filippini?

  • MI says:

    I do not need to go to Greece to see different parthenons of gods and goddesses, all i have to do when i am in iloilo is to go to Molo plaza and have a peek with the Greek gods and goddesses.

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