Information about Bato Church
During the late 16th century, when Spaniards arrived in the country, they introduced Catholicism to the natives, formed parishes, and constructed churches.
One of the churches they built is the St. John the Baptist Church, also known as the "Bato Church," in Bato, Catanduanes Province. It is located in the heart of Bato. Along the highway, parallel to the vast Bato River.
The church is made of mortar and coral limestones to withstand the strong storms that hit the island every year. It is a legacy that modern-day Catanduanes cherish even today.
The St. John the Baptist Church of Bato is currently the province's oldest church.
How to get there
The church is easily accessible from Virac by taking a public jeepney or tricycle to Bato.
Best time to visit
This religious landmark is open to the public anytime of day.