Remote Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Pres. M. L. Quezon St. Bantayan 6052 Cebu Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why St. Peter and Paul Church is special ?
The St. Peter and Paul Church which is considered to be as the first and oldest parish established in Cebu, Philippines. Founded in June 11, 1580, the Bantayan Church was offered to the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion by the Augustinian Priests. After it was accomplished, Saint Peter became the patron saint. The parish territory extended to Maripipi, Panamao and Limangcawayan of Leyte. In 1600, the church was burned and destroyed by the Moro. It was repaired in that same year and the management was turned over to the secular. The construction of the existing structure commenced in 1839 and was finished in 1863.
Used to be a hiding place for the townsfolk during calamities and war, the Bantayan Church stands firm and has seen a lot of notable historical events which happened to Bantayan Island. Considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, together with Santo Niño de Cebu in Cebu City, Baclayon Church in Bohol, Guiob Church in Camiguin and Saint James Parish Church in Dapitan among many others, the Bantayan Church has walls of coral stones just like most of the century-old churches mentioned above. It used to have a roof made of Tisa Clay but because of age, the clays broke. The church’s existing roof is now made of Stainless Steel.
What to explore at St. Peter and Paul Church?
The Church is now known to locals as “San Pedro, San Pablo” or Saints Peter and Paul. Inside the church, one can see centuries-old life size statue of saints. It also has a belfry with resonant bells that can be heard miles away. A museum was inaugurated in 2005 during the time of Reverend Fr. Camilo Alia, EV. It was simultaneous during the 425th founding anniversary of the parish. Gaudencio Rosales, the archbishop of Manila, was there to attend and celebrate the event.
The Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bantayan is 15-20 minutes away from the southeastern beaches of Sta. Fe Town. It is fronting the main park of Bantayan Town and all of the locals can tell you the directions to get there. One can rent a motorcycle (self-drive) found near the resorts at P50/hour or P350/day and visit Bantayan Church. Alternatively, one can ride a “habal-habal” (motorcycle with driver) or “trisikad” (bicycle with three wheels) at a varying price, so be sure to negotiate with the driver first.
How to get to St. Peter and Paul Church?
To get to the Church, tourists can take a bus in the North Terminal to head to Hagnaya Port. The trip would cost around P150. In the port, there are regular ferries that will take one to Bantayan. The Church is located at the heart of Bantayan Town and is known to all locals.
- A very old church and a great altar.
- Beautiful piece of history.
- Lovely and peaceful site
- A must for a Bantayan Island day tour
- Great church and nice details
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Pres. M. L. Quezon St. Bantayan 6052 Cebu Philippines
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I was pleasantly surprised that Bantayan Island has more to offer other than the amazing blue waters and white sands. This is one of the oldest churches in Cebu - it was constructed back in the Spanish colonial era. It is also interesting to note that the church walls are made from coral.They still do Sunday service here. I think this might be useful information for Catholic tourists who happen to be at Bantayan on a Sunday and would like to hear mass.
Visited this church on a beautiful day on Bantayan. The church is very beautiful and I was amazed to see such an old church look so nice! We only stayed a few minutes but were very happy we made the special effort to see this church!
well its history...i liked to go over our past....what i dont like is they dont allow us to take pictures at the museum :(
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