Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail: BOLJOON PART 1

This is the 2nd part of the Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail and first of 2 parts for Boljoon. From Oslob, I took the bus going back to Cebu City and traveled 9km to reach Boljoon Plaza where Nuesta Senora de Patrocinio, the oldest remaining original stone church in Cebu.

In 1999, the National Historical Institute declared it a National Historical Landmark and was affirmed a National Cultural Treasurea year after by the National Museum. It is in a pseudo-baroque rococo style and has old and intricate carvings and bass relief. Beside the church is the Boljoon museum which was unfortunately closed since it was Holy Thursday when I went there.

The church is made of coral stone and wood. The roof is made of clay tiles and is currently being laid with the remaining clay tiles shown on the side of the church. 26 pilasters support the walls. The walls are as thick as the 2-meter pilasters.

The church was built in 1783, and underwent expansion during Fr Julian Bermejo’s tenure in 1808. It took many years for the church, rectory and belfry to become one complex.

There were lots of people waiting for the procession to start as I entered the church.

As the procession started and all the people went out, a new set of church-goers came in for the Visita Iglesia – a tradition of Philippine Roman Catholics, brought by the Spaniards. It is the practice of visiting 7 churches to pray and meditate.

The tradition has its roots to the early years of the establishment of the church, when there were 7 great basilicas in Rome that Christians would visit for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The practice continues in Roman Catholic countries, especially with numerous churches. Adoration may continue up to midnight.

The facade contains relief and carving depicting various biblical and church characters. The retablos are gilded withgold dust. The choir loft sports intricate and fine tracery railings and the 80-year old ceiling paintings are painted by Miguel Villareal, a native of Boljoon.

The next picture are part of the paintings of Miguel Villareal in the wood ceiling of Nuesta Senora de Patrocinio

Ceiling Paintings by Miguel Villareal

Ceiling Paintings by Miguel Villareal

Ceiling Paintings by Miguel Villareal

On the left side of the church is a small prayer room that used to be a stock room.

I was on my way out when this guy appeared from the door straight in front of the altar. He laid on the floor and knelt after uttering what I think may be prayers. I waited for him to go out before I went outside myself.

The 3rd part of the Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail will contains the 2nd part of my Boljoon trip which include the other heritage sites in this municipality.

Related Links:

South Cebu Heritage Trail: SAMBOAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: GINATILAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: OSLOB

South Cebu Heritage Trail: BOLJOON PART 2

South Cebu Heritage Trail: DALAGUETE

South Cebu Heritage Trail: ARGAO

South Cebu Heritage Trail: SIBONGA

South Cebu Heritage Trail: CARCAR

South Cebu Heritage Trail: TRAVEL GUIDE

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  1. The historical value of the church is priceless. I would want to see personally it's awesome facade and feel it's Spanish ambiance there.

    1. definitely a must see, this is actually the 2nd part of a 7-series writeup, you might also wanna check the Oslob Heritage