Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Magnificent Churches of South Cebu

After breakfast, a little rest and a few shots of tequila mixes at Jong and Haru's residence in Minglanilla, we went to a heritage tour down South Cebu. Due to time constraint, we agreed that the town of Sibonga will be the farthest we will go.

From Minglanilla, we passed by Naga, San Fernando and Carcar before finally reaching the quaint town of Sibonga which is about 50 kilometers from Cebu City.

 The Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church in Sibonga

The Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza is situated right along the national highway. The construction of this church started between 1846-1868, completed in 1881 and was restored in 1907.

From Sibonga, we headed back north to the town of Carcar. We had lunch at Jollibee, a quick picture-taking at the Rotunda and bought some pasalubongs at the stalls and vendors right across the street. After checking out the heritage houses along Sta. Catalina Street we then went to the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church.

 St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar

The church of Carcar is one of the oldest churches in the Province of Cebu. It was built by the Augustinians between 1860-1875. The church sits on top of a hill which overlooks the town of Carcar. 

 San Isidro Labrador Churh in San Fernando

In the town of San Fernando, we passed by the San Isidro Labrador Church . San Fernando is the town next to Carcar when going north. Still built by the Augustinians, construction of this church was finished in 1886.  The twin belfries made of concrete were later added in 1925. 

The St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naga

Our next destination was the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naga. The church stands along the national highway and is facing the old municipal hall and the town plaza.  The church's light blue-colored facade  is decorated with lots of motifs and symbols.

The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minglanilla

It was already late in the afternoon when we finally arrived back in Minglanilla. Before heading back to Jong and Haru's home, we passed by the The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This Gothic-themed church situated on a hilltop was built from 1880 to 1886. According to Haru, the church of Minglanilla draws large crowd during the annual Easter Sunday Mass locally known as "Sugat" and  "Tabo", Cebuano words which both mean "encounter".

(Special thanks to Jong and Haru Reyes for the wonderful heritage trip. Kita-kita ra ta pohon!)


  1. nice trip Earl, 5 churches in a day, para ka na rin nag-Visita Iglesia

  2. @lakwatsera: medyo bitin pa claire.i would go further down south cebu next time! : )

  3. Quezon Province has a lot of churches that you'll enjoy visitng see you soon

  4. Great shots! I really enjoyed your blog, makes me determined to pursue photography:)

  5. This site is a very big help since me and my friends are planning for our Visita Iglesia this Thursday. Kulang nalang 1 church.

    Thanks a lot! =)

    1. Glad to be of help Mitch. Kindly share this blog with your friends. Thanks! :)

  6. Wow! So stunning those views of churches. So intriguing too I wonder the materials used in building that church. Come to think of it those are old churches. How did they have that very durable materials in building those awesome designs. They are still intact and look as if they're new.

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