Patrocinio de Maria Church
Patrocinio de Maria Church
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The oldest remaining stone Catholic Church on the island of Cebu.
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Francisco L
Cocoa, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was brought back in time when we visited this church. A very moving experience! A must visit, specially to religious folks.
Written January 28, 2020
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carmencsh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
What a beautiful church. The inner decoration is nicely preserved. The garden is huge n it feels very comfortable. It's one of the highlights of Boljoon.
Written January 7, 2019
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John T
Cebu City, Philippines1,037 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church (Our Lady of Patronage of Mary Parish Church), commonly known as Boljoon Church has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The present church of Boljoon was built by Augustinian priest Father Ambrosio Otero in 1783. The church is built of coral stones and originally served as a watchtower for possible Moro raids. The church is known for its original terra cotta roof tiles and its distinct folk art or Filipino Baroque style, predominantly on its choir screen and pulpit. Its 1930's era ceiling paintings are the work of Miguel Villareal, a native of Boljoon. The three gates and the walls of the church are made of coral stones and were constructed from 1802 to 1808 under the auspices of Father Bermejo. Among the many churches I have seen in the Philippines, it combines the best of local folk traditions, faith and adoration, and classic building principles. The grounds provide a beautiful setting. Also to note, there is a parish museum inside the church - although it may appear closed, ask around and you will probably locate a guide to walk you through it (p30 admission each). The collection is very good, and our guide was thoroughly versed in the history of the church related objects - it was a real plus to the visit.
Written April 24, 2018
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Jonathan Filoteo
Cebu City, Philippines503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
The church was built in the 17th century by the Spaniards and it is still standing strong until today. The interiors of the church are well preserved. There are a lot of artifacts in the church’s museum but taking photographs is prohibited. This is one of the oldest churches in Cebu and a must visit if you are in Boljoon.

Written December 21, 2017
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JojoVito
Bacolod, Philippines87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
I think this church is one of the highlights of Boljoon. The church is very old, made of wood and corals. The historical church has a museum which houses historical treasures of the place. Unfortunately, it was closed during my visit. For people who don't like history, this place might bore them.
Written June 27, 2017
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Bodak0329
Manila, Philippines36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We all fell in love with this church! It's just right along the highway so it's easy for anyone to spot it. It's massive and beautiful, it still even has a pulpit inside!
Written April 28, 2017
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nmc8693
Paranaque529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
After a visit to Oslob for whale shark watching , you couldn't miss this old chirch on your way back to the city. I love the restoration work done here and the efforts to preserve its authentic look. The church as you enter brings you back and makes you have an appreciation of the early devotion of the locals back then . Just across the street theres the spectacular view of the sea!
Written April 21, 2017
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aborningwanderlust
Manila, Philippines10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
I was totally stunned. What I usually read in books became eye candies.

From its facade all the way to its courtyard, interiors, and its museum. Everything was beautiful. Paying a small amount (30 pesos) to visit their museum was a good trade. Should you wish to have a guide with you, fret not! Their museum attendant speaks so well and knows what she was saying.

It was also very interesting that they were able to show us old artist renditions' of the Church itself. There were also objects excavated from their lot and some bones of our ancestors.

Props to whoever or whatever institution supports the heritage preservation of the many churches in Cebu, especially this one.

Recommended!
Written April 5, 2017
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
This baroque style Catholic Church fronts the sea (with a lovely grassed area in front, just prior to the National Highway) and was built in 1973 although the Catholic order of Augustinian priests had arrived by 1599.

The church has an especially attractive altar with many saints honoured.

It was quite uplifting to be able to pray briefly in such a wonderfully historic church.

The attached museum is also well worth a visit.
Written January 27, 2017
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KrizPRO
Dumaguete City, Philippines544 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Underrated church located south of Cebu. If you're a history buff person you would like to come here. Baroque style church that was built around 1600's if I'm not mistaken. The locals still hold their masses here as well. Beautiful altar and ceiling painting. Inside the church there's a museum that you could visit with an entrance fee of 20.00php that already includes a tour guide that would tour you inside the museum and around the vicinity of the church.
Written July 17, 2016
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