Southeast Cebu Heritage Trail: OSLOB

Oslob is a 4th class municipality that is 135km south of Cebu City. Travel time takes around 2.5 to 3 hours from Cebu South Bus terminal via Ceres buses bound for Liloan, Santander (southernmost town in Cebu). The name Oslob came from the term “Toslob” which means soak.

It was Holy Thursday and I had no plans and so I decided to go South of Cebu at 2AM. It was around 5AM when I reached Oslob. The moon was full then as I took this picture of the church and cuartel.

I proceeded to the bay to find a suitable location to witness the sunrise.

Shown is the Shrine of Fr Julian Bermejo – hailed as “El Parroco Capitan” for his courage and military prowess. He was responsible for devising a strong and effective coastal defense system (Baluarte) made of coral stone and lime mortar that served as lookout stations in detecting the coming of Moro and pirate ships.

Of the estimated 40 Baluartes (watchtowers) from Carcar to Santander, 12 were built in Oslob and still exist today. Of these 12, 6 are along the coastline of Oslob including this Baluarte that was built in 1788.

So effective was this system that in 1815, the townspeople of Oslob were able to repel one such attack and was peaceful ever since. This prompted them to relocate the town to its present site from their fortified settlement in Daanlungsod which is now in ruins.

In 1830, Fr Bermejo began the construction of the Nuestra Señora de la Immaculada Concepcion to replace the destroyed church of Daanlungsod and was completed in 1847.

The adjacent bell tower was built in 1858. Fire destroyed this church twice in 1955 and 2008. It was completely restored in December 10, 2010.

The newly restored ceiling and altar of Immaculate Conception Parish Church.

The church is connected to the parish house or convento that still has its original clay-tiled roof. Across the church is the former mortuary chapel with its pediment decorated with a relief of a human skeleton. North of the complex is a small road leading to the old cemetery.

Located near the church of Oslob, just outside the perimeter stone fence along Calle Aragones (named after Oslob’s first parish priest, Fray Juan Jose Aragones) is the Cuartel, an unfinished building made of coral blocks resembling a Spanish-era barracks stand intended for the Spanish soldiers or guardia civil. It remained unfinished until the Americans came in 1898.

Below picture from the plaza before I left for Boljoon, the next town going back to Cebu City and the 2nd part of the South Cebu Heritage Trail.

The trip would not be complete if Utazo won't have his picture taken.

Related Links:

South Cebu Heritage Trail: SAMBOAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: GINATILAN

South Cebu Heritage Trail: BOLJOON PART 1

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. Thanks for sharing... stunning pictures! Post some more

    1. thanks, please do read the other articles.

  2. im now in cebu i will definitely go to oslob. thanks for sharing..

    1. aside from the whale watching, there is also a waterfalls in Oslob. I didn't include it in my post since my topic was Heritage. i will post other activites in Olsob once I'm done with the South Cebu Heritage Trail...