A simple art deco style church in Sigma

Front view of the beautiful art deco church in Sigma, Capiz

Front view of the beautiful art deco church in Sigma, Capiz

The first time I saw the facade of Sigma Church in Capiz, I was quite surprised. Never did I expect that a church in the Philippines will be built in the art deco architectural style. But perhaps, it was just time that I will finally see one.

The edifice was built in the 1940s, based on the inscribed year at the facade, just a little above the words Venite Adoremus. Because it is the 40s, it is late art deco which has much simpler lines and without much decorative elements.

Unfortunately, it is only the facade that has remained original. I even suspect that the flanks starting at the side porticoes were just added later as the population of the town increased and the church needed a bigger space. The latter seems new additions too as the design is different while the two windows with stained glass were either added or the original form was altered.

UPDATE: My original hunch (above) is correct based on archival images that I found of the church and featured in this post.

Angled view of the art deco church

Angled view of the art deco church

The center belfry in different angles. It is inscribed with the date of building at 1940 and the words "Venite Adoremus'

The center belfry in different angles. It is inscribed with the date of building at 1940 and the words “Venite Adoremus’

Detail of parts of the facade

Detail of parts of the facade

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