Fondly called the "Big Church" by locals and they weren't exaggerating. It could dwarf some local cathedrals on footprint alone. A relatively "young church" when compared to the Spanish era churches in Cebu, Bohol & Manila but it does have its own contribution to Philippine History.
It was here that the Philippines celebrated its first year of independence from Spain in 1899. A new historical marker at the gate to the church patio was recently unveiled for this event.
Another historical marker can be found upon entering the main door of the church (left side facing the altar) that highlights the crash of a World War II Bomber which hit the roof of the church after being hit by Japanese anti-aircraft guns.
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