Information about Boljoon Church
Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church (Our Lady of Patronage of Mary Parish Church in English), which is locally known as Boljoon Church, is the most important landmark of Boljoon town. The municipality became a chapel of ease of Carcar in 1599 and only became an independent vicariate in October 1690. The convent was abandoned due to a lack of priests in 1737 and was handed over to Jesuits. Ten years later, it was returned to the administration of Augustinians in exchange for Liloan, Cotcot, and Maraling.
The 400-year-old parish is made of coral stones, making it the oldest standing stone church in the Philippines. Inside, the ceiling was made by a local Boljoon painter in the 19th century, and the thick pillars that support the church are made of mortar and lime. Its original terracotta roof tiles are a signature of the church as well.
How to get there
Take any bus that passes through Oslob or Santander from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. These buses pass through Boljoon as well, so make sure to tell the driver or conductor that you will be getting off there so they can drop you off.
Best time to visit
The Boljoon Church is open to tourists all year round. Though you can drop by during the rainy season, it is best to visit in the drier months (November to April) so you can get a clearer look at the church's facade and surroundings