Have you ever seen bats inside a church? I’m not talking about the darkened or hidden nooks but out in the open — on the ceilings and walls where you can easily spot them.
I saw hundreds in the Spanish period church of Sta. Barbara in Iloilo. They were upside down on the stone walls or flying high up near the ceiling, and it was the middle of the day.
The Sta. Barbara church, at first glance, looks like the many others built across the country during the late 19th century. It is made from cut coral stones with the facade divided into three sections by cornices and capitals and topped by a trefoil-shaped pediment.