After swimming with the whale sharks and experiencing the beauty of Sumilon, we headed towards our next destination – Boljo-on. It is known for being one of Cebu’s Heritage frontier and is home to one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site – the Boljo-on Church.
Boljo-on is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu that started as a small settlement of Malay immigrants from Panay area. It is located 103 km South of Cebu City and is known for its century old church and its quaint and picturesque aura. If you’re interested with it’s history, click here.
Out of the 26 churches recognized by UNESCO as heritage sites in the Philippines, Nuestra Señora de Patrocino Parish was my first.
Boljo-on Parish Museum – my first visit to a museum of archeological findings. It displays the findings from the the five excavation seasons of the Boljo-on Archaeological Project carried out by the University of San Carlos Department of Sociology and Anthropology together with the National Museum.
I also had my first heritage walk but unfortunatley we were not able to do all because of time constraints. The Heritage Trail consists: Patrocinio de Maria Church Complez, Dr. Dionisio Niere House, Cirilo Sestoso House, Boljoon Bridge, Baluarte sa Fuente, Baño sa Poblacion, Gabaldon Building and Ilihan Rock.
And the best of them all, my very first board jump – a must try that is definitely not for the faint of hearts. I thought it was going to be easy but honestly, I had butterflies in my stomach the moment I was about to jump. Though I was too chicken at first, I did manage to jump and take note, I did it twice.
Getting here is pretty easy, from Oslob, ride any bus going back to Cebu City and ask the driver to drop you at Boljoon. The bus will stop in front of the Church and from there, all sites are a walking distance. You can spend a good 2 hours here before going back to Cebu.
If you are coming from Cebu City, ride an Oslob-Bato bus at the South Bus Station. Fare costs around 155 php and travel takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes. You can ask the driver to drop you at Boljoon Church.
When it comes to heritage and thrills, Boljo-on should really be one of the firsts on your list.
You can head to the following locations after:
Sumilon Island: Detour Sumilon Island
El Cuartel: Revisiting the past at El Cuartel
Oslob: Oslob’s Gentle Giants