Bohol’s pride among churches is the one found in Baclayon where many tourists have made it its modern destination for religious relics, bisita iglesia and once-in-a-lifetime crash course on Spanish influences on early Filipinos through religion. Baclayon sits grandly overlooking the shore of Baclayon Bohol where its belltower stands unopposed and unobstructed. Modernity has catches up with it where a national highway was constructed passing through its door but still, the Church stands grandly by.
Its history dates back to when a Cebu-based friars by the name of Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez who settled in Baclayon on November 17, 1596 and soon after, visita was thus erected.
The Baclayon Church also houses the prison underneath its hallowed grounds and those Filipino natives found violating Spanish rules were imprisoned at the dungeons.
Since the foundation of Baclayon Church were made on 1717, it serves as the second oldest Church in the country, after the famous San Agustin Church in Intramuros. It is then dedicated to the Lady of Immaculate Concepcion.
In 1835, its bells were housed in its leftwing belfry which serves as a great calling station for parishioners. Upon visiting Baclayon Church, I am impressed of its immense and over-arching posture and grandness. It is however CLOSED for lunch when I arrived so I have to contend with what its grand posture from the outside.