What to do in Tagbilaran City at high noon: that is the question. I found myself walking aimlessly around Tagbilaran right after a satisfying lunch at Payag Restaurant, and I had a couple of hours to kill. I’m supposed to be lounging by Loboc River before five in the afternoon and there has to be something I can actually visit in the city proper before I take the hour-long trip to Nuts Huts (that hard-to-notice lump of huts by the Loboc River).
Luckily for me, the Church of Tagbilaran just across Rizal Plaza is just a couple of short blocks away from Payag Restaurant. There’s not much exploring to do here, though, and one would be very disappointed should he want to see something special. If it’s any consolation, however, the place looks very pure and clean. For something more than a century old, the Church of Tagbilaran looks very well-maintained.
It was one of the six parishes founded in Bohol by Jesuit missionaries in 1595. The original church burned in December 23, 1798 and was reconstructed between 1839 to 1855 by Fr. Valero de San Pascual. The historical marker denotes several developments made over the years:
- 1872. The convent was built by Fr. Lucas Corominas.
- 1884-1888. Fr. Jose Sancho built the tower.
- 1888-1894. Fr. Escolastico Enciso placed iron cornices, tile flooring, and chandeliers.
One of the few things that interested me there was the above pictured marble Ten Commandments in Cebuano, translated “Ang Napulo Ka Mga Sugo.” At the very least, I now know how to plead for my life should a Cebuano attempt to kill me: “Dili ka magpatay! (Thou shall not kill!)”
By the church stands a convent that looks as interesting on the outside, with an obelisk that is marked with more details about the Diocese of Tagbilaran standing right in front of it (listing down the bishops that oversee the diocese until present time).
At the very least, I now know how to plead for my life should a Cebuano attempt to kill me: “Dili ka magpatay! (Thou shall not kill!)”
It was a nice stop in my short walking tour, and I took a short break at Rizal Plaza just across the street for refreshment before I headed for the town of Loboc.
Church of Tagbilaran
Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines