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Religious Structure

Phu-sian Temple

Located at Peace Valley, Lahug, Cebu City. It is a temple built on top of a sacred hill. Beneath the hills, the sacred waters from a natural spring is believed to have curative effects. While the Taoist Temple is for adherents of Taoism in Cebu, the Phu Sian Temple is one for the Buddhists. It [...]

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Taoist Temple

Located in the wealthy residential suburb of Beverly Hills about 6 km north of downtown Cebu is an enormous Taoist Temple. It was built by Cebu’s substantial Chinese community (the Chinese make up about 15% of Cebu’s population). The temple is the a center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of [...]

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San Miguel Arcangel Church of Argao

Of all the church facades, it is Argao church that is the most decorated, most rococo. It is also the second oldest church of the island and one of the oldest in the country. The semi-circular arched entrance is flanked by columns on rectangular pedestals decorated with spread eagles and Corinthian capitals. The panels are [...]

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Carcar Church

This edifice is typical of old Roman Catholic churches in the countryside, such as Carcar, in the province of Cebu, one of the many islands comprising the Visayas, Philippines. But there is something special about it. This church, known as St. Catherine Church, was named after the town’s patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria, in [...]

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Bantayan Church

Bantayan was the first parish to be established in Cebu by the Augustinians. It was founded on June 11, 1580 as the Convento dela Asuncion de Nuestra Señora. It was one of the few parishes to be a part of the Archdiocese of Mexico (with the Archdiocese of Manila separating only in 1595) and is [...]

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Dumanjug Church

Dumanjug church is probably the most handsome of the 19th century churches in western Cebu. Made of finely cut coral, its hews closer to the neoclassical idiom for the sedate and chaste simplicity of its decorative elements. The bell tower to one side of the church has a dodecagonal plan, usual for colonial churches. Although [...]

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The National Shrine of St. Joseph

Some record shows that the Jesuits started constructing the church in 1601 and some said it was in 1638. St. Joseph the Patriarch was installed as the patron saint and it is one of the oldest publicly venerated image of the saint in our country. The work was slow and hard that it was fully [...]

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Redemptorist Church

Redemptorist Church is also one of the prominent church in Cebu city. it was constructed after the liberation but was renovated and expanded in 1954. Its architectural design which is along Gothic lines, is similar to that of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Metro Manila. It has large arched dorrs, making the interior airy and [...]

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish – Recoletos

The Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Cebu City is relatively new. It was canonically erected on January 1, 1971 by the late Cardinal Julio Rosales. However, its foundation dates back to as early as June 1621 when the first Recollects set foot in Cebu. Bishop Arce gave them a place outside the walls [...]

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Image of Santo Niño

Considered as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. It was on April 21, 1521 that Magellan gave the image to Queen Juana as a baptismal gift. Forty-four years later, on Apri1 27, 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi arrived in Cebu, Fr. Andres de Urdaneta, who formally Christianized the Cebuanos, found the natives hostile. [...]

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