Isip ko’y Buhol-BOHOL: Living The Life of a TARSIER (Day2)

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Isip ko’y Buhol-BOHOL:
Living The Life of a Tarsier
Day 2

It was raining all throughout the night, and was lazy to wake up early because of the cool weather, and lazed around till the late hours of the morning. Ate breakfast in our hut, then prepared for the day, where we planned to go to the museums that were closed the day before, and by 1000hrs we rode the banca from Nuts Huts to Loboc Center and would first visit the Loboc Church Museum.

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St. Peter the Apostle Parish was established in 1602, by the Jesuits headed by Fr. Juan de Torres, the oldest parish in Bohol. As usual with old churches in the Philippines, this church has undergone quite a number of refurbishment and rebuilding because of countless typhoons and earthquakes. The church, now has a typical earthquake architecture, with its massive buttresses supporting the entire structure. This is to prevent a repeat of the past collapses due to earthquakes. The bell tower is built separately from the main church building to avoid the collapse of one affecting the other. The church was built way inland to avoid the regular raids of the natives against the Spanish conquerors, as the seaside was naturally difficult to defend against. Most old churches in Bohol were built of coral stone and seem very sturdy. The walls of the church are thick and are white washed with carvings of religious figures though a lot of them have severely deteriorated. The main door of the church has a severe growth of unsightly moss, it gives you an idea how much maintenance support the church gets. For a church this significant, it is very imperative that the government must do their utmost to preserve and restore the church to its original grandeur. The museum, which you could take photos inside (but did not take any), has a good pieces in their collection, and I like most was the old door panel on display and the large plank floors of the museum. There is also a heavy bell, which they let me carry to see how heavy it is.

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Rode the jeepney going to Baclayon Church, where they fill up the jeepney till the aisle, but when we arrived the museum was closed for lunch and would open by 1300hrs, so we ate a roadside eatery, named 6to7 Food Station, where we ate Salay-Salay fish, seaweeds and vegetable with brown rice. Then bought some ice cream and ube pulvoron, which they say, is the best in Bohol. Then after eating lunch we entered the Baclayon Museum.

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They said that the Baclayon Church is the oldest church in the Philippines, but since they started building the church and the place was being raided by pirates, they stopped building the church and transferred to Loboc and built the church there, then went back to Baclayon to finish the church. It is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and is one of the best preserved Jesuit-built churches in the region. The church is made of coral stones cut into square blocks and piled onto each other. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white part of a million eggs to cement each other. Next to the church is an old convent that houses a small museum with centuries-old religious artifacts dating back 16th century. Since they do not allow taking photographs in the Museum… I do not have any photos inside, but they have a great collection of artifact inside the Museum.

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After walking around the Museum and the Church ground, we walk around also at the pier near the Church. But since it started to be cloudy and a light drizzle came down, we decided to head back to Loboc and rest and just laze around in Nuts Huts. After the jeepney ride to loboc, we took the habal-habal to Nuts Huts and then ordered fried noodles and rice with chicken. Then it started to rain hard and ordered some beer and banana fritters with honey just to kill time. Paid for our stay in Nuts Huts, then by 1700hrs, returned to our hut to rest for the day and prepare for our trip to Pangalo Island the next day.

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