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The hardest part about a great travel adventure is to get back into reality, perhaps think twice then retrace your steps, gather your thoughts and make sure you are right on schedule and move on to the next adventure on the list. This was what I felt when I left those whale sharks in Oslob. 40 minutes was not enough! I still wanted to swim with them even if it meant paying P200 more. But I knew there’s always gonna be a next time so with a heavy heart and a grumbling stomach seeking to break the fast, we had to leave Oslob and headed to the next town on our list – Boljoon, where we saw their historical landmarks and enjoyed the Boljoon Heritage Walk.
This wasn’t my 1st time in Boljoon. Just a month ago, me and my fellow travel buddies Ed, Edwin and Dom accidentally crashed their town’s fiesta. We were not that lucky though in getting invited to dine at one of the houses that celebrated the feast of the town’s patron saint. We never knew there were other things we could have done and seen in Boljoon. Luckily, on the eve of Christmas Eve 😆 my travelling feet found its way back to this town again.
Boljoon Heritage Walk and Jumping off the Boardwalk
Boljo-on, pronounced as Bol-ho-on, is the 2nd to the last town located south of Cebu. The beautiful street lamps that decorates the coastal area of this town is what you’ll notice the first time you’ll lay your eyes on her. As you get nearer, you will see an arch at the right side where 3 angel statues stands as if trumpeting your arrival. The arch is the gateway to Cebu’s oldest remaining original stone church, the Patrocinio de Maria (Boljoon Church).
Artifacts have been discovered in the area linking Cebuanos to their heritage. These artifacts, together with the town’s relics and other important historical items are well-preserved in their museum and is available for the public’s viewing.
The town of Boljo-on is not only famous for those structures within the Church Complex – the Rectory, Belfry, Plaza Cemetery, Escuela Catolica, El Grande Baluarte and the Gates and Walls. This town has much more to offer.
After touring the Boljoon Church Complex, we decided to check out the platform in the town plaza. Although we just finished swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob, the perfect weather couldn’t stop my travel buddies from getting excited at the sight of that platform. They immediately tested the depth of the waters and were soon jumping off the boardwalk. They looked like kids who were unleashed from their
cages playpens as they took turns in jumping off the shallow waters.
I was so tempted to join my friends but the tide wasn’t that high. Some of them even had bruises after their jumps but they never paid attention to the pain as the thrill and fun jumping off the boardwalk of Boljoon was enough to keep them pumped up from the semi-dangerous stunts they were doing 😆
Since we had so much time to kill, we decided to wait for 12 noon to get inside the El Grande Baluarte watchtower thanks to Edgar who was able to ask permission from the caretaker to let us sneak in when it was time to ring the bells.
The El Grande Baluarte was said to be an old watchtower which also served as a prison cell. There’s this vacant room on the ground floor where you can see several graffiti of Spanish boats, whom they believed were drawn by those who were imprisoned there. What’s surprising is you’d see the transition of the drawings from what looked like wooden ships to those box-typed boats indicating the shift of boat designs – from wood to steel.
A few meters to side of the church, you will see an old stone pillar which leads you to the town’s houses. And if you follow the road, you’d find centuries-old houses that dates as far back as 1881. We started walking the streets of Boljoon after checking out the watchtower and saw a lot of old houses which were still intact. Then there’s the Baño sa Poblacion, the town’s common area where people can take a bath and wash their laundry. We also checked out the Bojoon Bridge where an old wooden bridge sits beside the new one. Exploring that old bridge would give you a view of a river that exits to the sea. The Baluarte sa Fuente is also a sight to behold as it kinda reminded me of one of the temples of Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, Cambodia due to a huge tree that stands on top of the structure.
As soon as we were done with the Boljoon Heritage Walk, we found a store that sold home-made ice cream. Care to guess what the rest of the gang did? 😆
Here are the main highlights of the Boljoon Heritage Walk:
- Patrocinio de Maria Church Complex (Rectory/Belfrey/Plaza Cemetery/ Escuela Catolica/ El Grande Baluarte/ Gates and Walls)
- Dr. Dionisio Niere House
- Cirilio Sestoso House
- Boljoon Bridge
- Baluarte sa Fuente
- Gabaldon Building (Boljoon Central School)
- Baño sa Poblacion
- Ili Rock
How To Get There:
Go to the South Bus Terminal located along N. Bacalso St. near eMall and look for buses the ply the Oslob or Santader route. Tell the driver your destination, which is Boljoon. Fare is around P129 one way for an airconditioned bus. Travel time could take up to 2.5 hours.
There’s a bathroom near the boardwalk and there’s also one beside the church’ rectory in case you are concerned on where you can change your clothes after jumping off the boardwalk. Oh, did I mention that the town of Boljoon is a free wifi zone? 😉
This is Part 2 of the series where me and a couple of my friends from my Pinoy Travel Bloggers group went on a day trip to the south of Cebu to experience 3 amazing adventures. To checkout Part 1 of this series, visit the link below 😉
Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob
For more photos of the heritage walk, check out the FB Page here.
I just love this post. di ko pa na-explore mga sites ear Oslob. love it!
thanks doc! hope you can visit the place too. I’m sure mag e-enjoy ka don 😉
Whoa! Parang napaka-exhilarating nung boardwalk jump pero parang nakakatakot din. ;p
hehehe. if mataas lang sana ang tide i would have jumped too but tinamad na rin magchange ng costume eh. you should try it Mach! my friends surely enjoyed every moment of those jumps 😆
Parang ang astig nung 2 dudes na nag jump from the boardwalk haha!
hahaha. ganun? sge na nga. astig na! 😆 Good jab on jumping off the boardwalk drew! buti pinagaling nya ang chest pains mo from your Malapascua cliff jump 😉
Lovely post and pictures.
thank you Novie 😉
Wait. Nakatawa ko. HAHAHAAHA I thought Boljoon is pronounced as Bol-dyun. Bol-ho-on diay!!! HAHAHAHAHA =))
Anyway, naa pa ba mga whales this March? Will definitely go back to Cebu from 26-30 with Rob and Byron.
hahaha. nakalimot siguro ka Renz na naa ni sa Cebu and not Bojol 😆 I guess the whales will be there renz but better contact pud the resort’s caretaker – si Manong Reneboy at this number 09334159460 😉
I used to pronounce it as “Bol-Joon” lol. Looks like a lovely town as people raves about. I’ll take note of the tips, hoping to go here this March. Sana ur in town para sama ka 🙂
if u dig history and old architecture, then you’d love to be in this place too. Yeah, sana i don’t have travel plans din for March at nang masamahan ko kayo 😉
wow, kainggit naman po ang naexplore, hope i could visit this place someday….^_^
i hope you can too! thanks for dropping by lakwatserong tatay 🙂
this one i missed. though i was able to see some of the structures… i believe there’s a good reason to return. specially reaching the top of the bell tower.
yeah, the view from the belltower is nice dom. sana pwede rin maakyat yung isa pang belltower. trivia: there are 2 watchtowers sitting on top of the Ili Rock at meron din daw cave dun. ganda din sguro puntahan nun 😉
wew! now i wanna go to Cebuuuuuuuuu… nice post!
thanks gelai! yeah, if you haven’t been to Cebu, gawin mo na! 😀
Doi, do you think the tuki are still there mid of Feb? Planning to go there next month. Kuyog namo!
cille, am not sure jud. better call the contact person sa resort to inquire 😉
if wala koy laag or di conflict ang sked, uban jud ko! 😀
sana marating ko din yan.. hehehehe
thank you. book ka na nang promo fares 🙂
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Akala ko din nung una Bol-Joon! Hahaha.
I am looking forward to doing this heritage tour also! Excited na ako! I better start on our IT na next week and ask you for approval if it’s doable. Wahahaha!
hahaha. akaka mo lang yun! 😆 am equally as excited as you are rob! You know where to reach me once you’re done with our IT na 😉
Sana di ka magsawa magpabalik-balik sa Cebu. hehehe
napanood ko ang boljoon sa living asia,ang ganda ng town may kakaibang atmosphere.sabi may mga hinuhukay pa sila na mga artifacts around the church
hi melvin. wala na yung mga naghuhukay. i guess they were done excavating artifacts ha. nasa museum na lahat. but i agree with you. may kakainang charm ang boljoon 😉
im bored to death, doi. but thanks for this post, will definitely go this weekend 🙂
nag blog overhaul ko but still nothing spectacular. just some thoughts.lol
ang ganda! there’s something in the old/antique look that makes Boljoon attractive. i might do this first then osmena peak. hehe
yeah, you can try this one out izah. ok din yung scenery sa coastal area ni Boljoon 🙂