Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bohol Day 1: A Quick Stop in Tagbilaran's Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker

Last week, we went to Bohol to join the Bohol International Marathon 2013. I was with my wife Malou and our couple friends James and Blessie. From Cagayan de Oro we sailed to Tagbilaran City via Trans Asia Ferry. We arrived in Tagbilaran in the dawn of Friday, two days before race day. The early arrival gave us enough time to visit some of Bohol's famous tourist spots.

In the Port of Tagbilaran, we were fetched by our friend Choy, a college classmate who now works and resides in Tagbilaran. It was still dark so Choy suggested that we should first check in and rest in BODARE Pension House which is just beside his office. Going to the pension house, we passed by the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Carlos P. Garcia Avenue. It is right across Plaza Rizal and the Provincial Capitol. Impressed with its grand facade, we stopped for a closer look of the church.

The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker, also known as Tagbilaran Metropolitan Cathedral, is one of the oldest churches in Bohol. Though it is not a popular tourist destination like Baclayon Church, it is still worth checking out. It was originally built in 1595 and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1798. It was rebuilt in the 19th century and has since then undergone renovations on both its interior and exterior. As observed, only the bell tower retained most of its original features.

The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated every 1st of May. This kicks off Bohol's month-long fiesta celebrations held in various towns all over the province.

It was still dark when we arrived but the church was already lighted in preparation for the early morning mass. After offering our prayers of thanks for the safe travel, we proceeded to the pension house for a much needed rest.   


  1. How was the voyage from CDO to Tagbilaran on Trans Asia Ferry? I am planning on taking that same route soon. It sounds like it wasn't very restful? Thanks!

  2. Even though I am not a catholic I really enjoyed my visit to this cathedral. I was very glad all the touch ups were done with care to retain the former glory.


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