Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Yesterday, Today and Forever

The Philippines was conquered by the Spanish crown by sword and cross. Our ancestors were Christianized by the time our colonizers reached the shores. Religious priests and missionaries started small mission stations to educate, catechize and baptize the natives. The missionaries were quite successful in their Christianization efforts and many natives converted to Catholicism. The entire archipelago became part of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Spanish Mexico.

The Augustinian friars were the first to arrive in Iloilo. This is the reason why most of the old churches in the province were constructed by the Augustinians and most of the parishes’ patron saints belong to the Augustinian family.

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History of Leganes

The town of Leganes sprang from a small settlement in the early part of 1840 in the site now known as Barangay Guihaman. The word guihaman originated from the presence of wild boars or guiham which inhabited and foraged the place.

The early founders of the municipality named the place Valencia in honor of its patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia, a town in Spain. Learning the existence of the settlement, Don Ysidro A. Brudit, the Spanish Governor of Iloilo at that time, decreed sometime in 1856, that the settlement be registered as a pueblo otherwise a fine of P 600.00 will be levied on its inhabitants. In compliance with the decree, the place was registered as a pueblo in 1858.

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