Friday, November 4, 2011

Travel Glimpses: Danao City Church in Cebu

Bound for Camotes Islands, we weren't able to catch the Jomalia Shipping ferry which left the Port of Danao City in Cebu at 8:30 AM. With still plenty of time to kill before the next trip at 12:00 noon, my wife and I went across the port complex and paid visit to the Sto. Thomas de Villanueva Parish, also known as Danao City Church.

The church of Danao was constructed in 1755 by Fr. Manuel de Santa Barbara, and was made up of materials from sugar cane and rocks from the sea. The crucero of the church was built in the 1800's. However, it suffered a partial destruction (was burned in 1942) during the World War II. Religious items and other important materials were also burned. From the original construction materials of the church, only the solid stones were spared from the fire. It was reconstructed in 1946. In 1981, the building underwent another renovation, this time almost a complete overhaul (only 30% of the original stands). The renovation was completed in 1985. (source:

Thanks to the trisikad driver for this pic of me and my wife outside the Danao City Church

Since the church doors are closed, we weren't able to check out its interiors. We just took some photos of its beautiful facade before heading out to Gaisano Danao to eat our late breakfast.


  1. I have never been to any part of Visayas pero kung may chance man, ang priority ko ay Cebu. Love ko kasi ang mga heritage structures and houses and sa Cebu marami siguro un. Gusto ko rin mapunta sa Carcar someday. This Danao City church is charming din. Haaaayy... I have to see Cebu sooner.

  2. @edmaration: Heritage sites, historical landmarks and awesome beaches, Cebu is the complete package. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. I agree with you Earl, that's why sometimes I'm not surprised anymore when some foreign visitors fly directly to Cebu and skip Manila altogether.

  4. A heritage site to visit good for the tourists who loves to explore Philippines in a different light.
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  5. lakwatsera: That's why I HEART CEBU! take care claire!


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