Boljoon Church, a Philippines National Culture Treasure & a future UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

Location and driving distance

Located in Boljoon in Cebu, Boljoon Church is a Philippines National Cultural Treasure and under consideration to be a future UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a driving distance of 16.5 km from Oslob. If you can afford it, I recommend hiring a driver for your adventures in Cebu. I hired driver Bogs, an honest and trustworthy man from Moalboal. His phone number is 09677201369.

You can combine your visit to Boljoon Church with Oslob/Sumlion Island.

About the church

I came here with my photographer friend Brad directly after visiting the Sumilon Island. It was a good 30 minutes detour in the heat that seemed much longer, but the trip was worth it! It is a Roman Catholic Church built in Filippino Baroque style with stunning architecture and church interiors.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

My experience

When we arrived at the church, it was around midday. A lady was sitting by the door who appeared to be guarding the chapel. She did not understand any English. When our tour guide explained to her that we wanted to take some photos inside the chapel, she strictly forbade the use of the DSLR camera. After spending a few minutes meditating in the chapel, we managed to take a few shots from our phones. There is an upper balcony inside the chapel which was at that time under construction. My friend Brad told me that it was the perfect place for a DSLR shot with a tripod! Feeling a little disappointed that we were not able to capture the incredible beauty of the church on our camera lens, we thanked the lady sitting outside and departed.

To the left of the church, there is an old historic building which used to serve as a school. Even now, it is operative.

A short walk from the church there also restrooms and toilets that you can use for a fee of less than one peso. I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the bathrooms.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

Boljoon Church, Boljoon, Philippines. Photo: Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/). Photo©www.thingstodot.com.

Back to Moalboal and later that evening

After visiting the church, tired and exhausted, we drove back to the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, where we were staying during our visit to Cebu. It took us about two hours to reach the resort. We went back the same evening to Kawasan Falls to check out the Instagram famous artificially created waterfall (produced by overflowing water from hydroelectricity). However, it was already dark when we got there, and the water had stopped overflowing. It was quite an anti-climax for the day following which we stopped our car in front of some pine trees on the road, created an artificial fire, and took a photo. Whoever said you can't turn your frustrations into hope, eh? :)


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