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Why Maribojoc Church is special ?
Maribojoc Church, also known as Santa Cruz Parish Church or Holy Cross Parish Church, was a Roman Catholic Church in the municipality of Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines, under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran. The parish was first established by the Jesuits in 1767 or 1768 with Father Juan Soriano, SJ as its first parish priest. The Augustinian Recollects later administered the community until 1898.
The church was built in 1852 under Father Manuel Plaza and completed in 1872. In 2005, it was designated by the diocese as the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer. It was also declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol and other parts of Central Visayas in 2013, the entire building crumbled to the ground, leaving only the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus standing.
What to explore at Maribojoc Church?
The church is planned as cruciform. Its facade is plain, decorated by thin pilasters and niches with images of saints. The exterior was not impressive but the inside was a pleasant surprise. The ceiling was all carved wood painted in gold and other colors. The interior comes as a surprise because of the three Neogothic altars in the church. The traceries and finials of gilded hardwood are delicately carved. The main altar has an image of the Blessed Trinity and bas relieves of the life of Mary Magdalene. The church ceiling is made of metal and painted with catechetical and liturgical motifs. These paintings were made by Ray Francia by the year 1930.
How to get to Maribojoc Church?
Maribojoc is a coastal town on the southwestern part of Bohol. The municipality is 14 km away from the province’s capital, Tagbilaran City, and may take at approximately 30 minutes from the capital to the town. One can take a bus or a jeepney in going to the town.
- A church to remember
- Grand historical place
- A lovely and well preserved church
- One of the Great Churches in Bohol
- A Gem of Bohol now Gone
Bendijo Street, Maribojoc Bohol
Tips for you
This church reminded me of small old churches in Spain. The stonework on the facade is simple, accentuated with pilasters and a large arch entry. When we entered, the inside appeared low on maintenance and seriously needing restoration but interestingly also appeared like a movie set. There were dust, warped and distressed wood, peeled off paint and assymetrical stones everywhere we looked. Understandly so because this was built in the 1700's. In the end, it took me to a different period in time. And this I enjoyed a lot.