Cathedral of San Jose

Attraction J.A. Clarin St Tagbilaran City Bohol, Philippin Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
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Cathedral of San Jose, or St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is the most lively church among all as it is located in an area full of commercial buildings and establishments.

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Why Cathedral of San Jose is special ?

Cathedral of San Jose, or St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is the most lively church among all as it is located in an area full of commercial buildings and establishments. St. Joseph the Worker is the patron saint of Tagbilaran City. The parish of Tagbilaran is one of the first 6 parishes founded by the Jesuit missionaries who came to Bohol in 1595. Saint Joseph the Worker, a favorite among the Jesuits, was enthroned as the patron saint by Rev. Fr. Joaquin de San Jose in 1767, a year before the Jesuits were expelled from the country. Tagbilaran City’s annual town fiesta is celebrated every 1st day of May. This cathedral has more schedules of mass compared to other churches in Tagbilaran City but it has the most number of attendees in every mass.


What to explore at Cathedral of San Jose?

The Tagbilaran Cathedral appears imposing outside, and is wide and roomy inside. It has a Neo-Romanesque façade with corbelled arches underneath the cornice. There is a porch before the main entrance. The statue of Saint Joseph, patron saint of Bohol, stands in front where once the atrial cross stood.

Both the interior and exterior of the church of Spanish times have been greatly renovated. Despite frequent renovations to meet modern-day requirements, some historic pieces still remain. The side altars are of the 18th century baroque style. The main or center altar, simply but elegantly decorated with ornate gold designs depicting symbols of Old Testament times, is in the 19th century Neoclassical style.


How to get to Cathedral of San Jose?

St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is located near the Bohol Capitol and Plaza Rizal. The church is 10 minutes driving from Tagbilaran Airport. You can take a taxi or walk to the place.

Selling points

  • Witnessing mass is powerful experience
  • Great historic site
  • Cool and Quiet place
  • Beautiful and Well maintained Church
  • Good for a quick wander round
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  • Upon entrance to the Cathedral, one finds a niche for St. Joseph the Worker on the left side. Here San Jose devotees pause to present their petitions or offer thanksgiving.
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  • Since you are near Garden Cafe, you can dine or eat hear after the mass.
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  • In front of it is the City plaza, famed for its flocks of doves and a haven for those who yearn to be alone to meditate, or to rest and relax, or to enjoy a tete-a-tete.
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  • There is a notice by the main entrance stipulating the dress code so beware of this.
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  • After the mass, you can light a candle outside the church. You can buy the candles at the booths outside and light them at the designated area.
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  • For those who would like to attend the mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, you should check the time before you go.
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The church is the usual old philippines style, but the thousands of birds that were settling down in their favorite tree opposite the church took my attention.. The park underneath it has a very jolly atmosphere where one can relax and observe the locals doing their usual routine.

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The original church built in 1595 was razed to the ground on the 1798 earthquake. The current structure was reconstructed on 1839. Majestically, it survived the 2013 quake relatively intact. If it's your first visit to this cathedral, dont forget to make a wish!Btw, this church is also popularly known as Tagbilaran Cathedral

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