Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oslob Cebu Tourist Spots

Oslob is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 22,732 people.

Here is the list of tourist spots in the municipality of Oslob

Sumilon Island
Sumilon Island which means “take refuge” is 125 kilometers away from Cebu City and almost 20 kilometers to Dumaguete City. The Island is a 24-hectare coral island off the coast of Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu. The island hosts the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort which developed the island into an eco-friendly haven for those who want to get away from the stress of city living. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines which was made a fish sanctuary in 1974 under the guidance of Siliman University Marine Reserve.

The Immaculate Conception Church

Oslob was established as a visita of Boljoon in 1690 and became an independent parish in 1848 with the Immaculate Conception as its patroness. The present day church of cut coral stone was built by Fr. Julian Bermejo in May 4, 1830 following the plans of Cebu Bishop Santos Gomez MaraƱon and was finished 18 years later. The buttresses that would later on form part of this very massive church were added by Fr. Juan Aragones between 1848 and 1850. The adjacent bell tower was built in 1858. The church was burned during the Second World War liberating Philippine Commonwealth troops and Cebuano guerillas against the Japanese in Oslob in 1945, and 1955 but was eventually restored.
On March 26, 2008, a fire (1:40 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.) gutted the 19th century church's interior, including the altar and adjacent rectory, but it spared the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, which is inside a glass case, and the 73 other icons near the door to the bell tower

At the southeastern portion of the church are the unfinished remains of a military barracks, the “Cuartel”.

The Cuartel
Located in front of the church of Oslob and near the sea, at the intersection of Calle Aeternidad and the end of Calle Aragones, an unfinished building made of coral blocks resembling a spanish-era barracks stand. This unfinished structure was the Cuartel, intended for the Spanish soldiers or guardia civil. It was started by Fray Juan Jose Aragones (1848-1854, 1859-1861) during his second term of service in this municipality. While it was not finished by Fray Aragones, work continued but remained unfinished until the end of Spanish occupation in 1898.

The Baluarte

Baluarte is the Spanish name of watch tower. Its main purpose is to provide a safe place wherein guards can observe the surrounding area. It was a part of the defense system in dispelling the Moro raiders of the past. Many of these watchtowers ply the coastline of Oslob. So effective was this system that in 1815, the townspeople of Oslob were able to repel one such attack and was peaceful ever since.

How to get there?

To get to Oslob, you can ride a public bus or a V-hire van from the Cebu South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. The estimated travel time from the city to Oslob is about three hours. The three-hour land trip to Oslob from Cebu City is a scenic ride through the southern coastal towns with fantastic views of the ocean.

Another route to Oslob is via Dumaguete City since it is also close to the place.

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