Sts. Peter & Paul Parish

Sillon Rd., Bantayan Island, Bantayan, Cebu

Sts. Peter & Paul Parish
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Angela Marie C.
4.0 Stars

Before going to Bantayan Island, I researched and saw that this church is one of the go-to’s. So when we got to the island, I really wanted to hear mass here. It was a long tricycle ride from Sta. Fe to Banatayan Municipality proper. It is a whole new experience here. But I do believe, this church is worth the visit.

We arrived just in time for the mass. It was really nice to be able to visit the place, and more so, to be able to hear mass in it.

The interiors of the church is lovely. The ceiling is high, like all other historical churches. Here are some trivia I found out online about this church that got me so interested to visit.

This is the oldest church in Visayas and Mindanao, founded in 1580. Apparently, the original church was built under Spanish rule and was used as a first stop for priests entering the country. Here they would learn the language and culture before being sent out to various parts of the Philippines.

The original church was destroyed in 1600 by Muslim rebels and several times again by natural disasters and raids by Muslim rebels. Construction on the  current church was started in 1839 and completed in 1863. The church is built using corral stones from the island. After completion the church was dedicated to St Peter and Paul.

Cool Trivia: Because local fisherman were used to build the church there was a shortage of fish prompting the Pope to exempt the island from the “no meat” rule on Good Friday, an exemption which still stands today.

Tip: We hired a tricycle to take us to this place and wait for us until after the mass. Our driver also took us back to Sta Fe. It made the commute a lot easier for us. 128568

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Emjay M.
5.0 Stars

I hear birds singing inside the parish.

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