THE SAN GUILLERMO DE AQUITANIA CHURCH OF DALAGUETE

The Municipality of Dalaguete in Southern Cebu is also a destination of its own. I discovered this when we hurriedly toured around the town before ascending to Osmeña Peak. The town in itself is a heritage site to consider. It is dotted with several historical structures, heritage parks, and old colonial houses that defined the antiquity of this once a sleepy town. The most famous among these structures is the baroque-rococo church of Dalaguete – the Parish Church of San Guillermo de Aquitania.

The institution of Dalaguete as a town started when it became a Visita of Carcar in 1690. It was later established as an independent parish in 1711. The present church today that erected at the town’s Poblacion was constructed in 1802 and was completed in 1825. Following that year, a church rectory was constructed and was finished in 1832. In 1860, a grand octagonal three-story church belfry was also built.

From the inscriptions found on the front door, I learned that in the early 1800s, the church served as a fortification protection of the townspeople against the Moro attacks. In the following years, the church underwent series of renovation and restoration. On April 16, 2004, Parish Church of San Guillermo de Aquitania is declared as National Historical Landmark. Today, it is one of the most well-preserved baroque-rococo churches in the whole Province of Cebu.

Dalaguete’s San Guillermo de Aquitania Church is a significant example of Filipino-Spanish great architecture and now one of the few remaining grand church-fortress complexes in the Philippines. 

Traveling to Dalaguete made me see how blessed the Province of Cebu is being home of the different heritage sites to boast in the country. In fact, it makes the town worth seeing and discovering. Visiting the town is very easy. It is two hours away from Cebu City. There are no classy hotels to stay here. If you’re the type of a traveler looking for posh hotels, you cannot find it in Dalaguete. But rest assured all the destinations that await for you there will definitely take your breath away. 

DALAGUETE is the Summer Capital and Vegetable Basket of Cebu Province

Aside from historical places and heritages sites, there are other destinations worth visiting when in this southern town of Cebu. Being the Summer Capital and Vegetable Basket of the Province, Dalaguete is host to some of Cebu’s remaining natural heritage sites – breathtaking mountain ranges with its chilling natural breeze, enchanting forest patches that are home to some of the world’s most endangered flora and fauna, and coral reefs teeming with diverse marine life.

Mantalongon Highlands, the gateway to Osmeñs Peak

MOST OF ALL, Dalaguete is the gateway to reach Cebu’s highest point – the photogenic OSMEÑA PEAK. Watch out for my next post.

Getting to Dalaguete From Cebu City
One can find the Municipality of Dalaguete in the Southern part of the beautiful Island Province of Cebu.  Once you arrive in Mactan International Airport, just call for a taxi or a vehicle for hire to bring you to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. From the terminal, choose any of the buses available:

Air-conditioned Vehicles:
– Ceres Bus Liner
– Sunrays Bus Liner

Non Air-conditioned Vehicles:
– Ceres Bus Liner
– Sunrays Bus Liner
– Natalie Bus Liner
– Villahermosa Bus Liner
– D Rough Riders Bus Liner

The Travel Teller with the Locales of Dalaguete

THE TRAVEL TELLER JOURNEYS TO SOUTH OF CEBU

My dream of experiencing again another Island of Endless Delights recently happened when I journeyed to the beautiful Island Province of Cebu. Only an hour’s flight away from my home city of Davao, Cebu Province is one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines so rich in cultural and historical legacy, abundant in nature, and filled with pleasant discoveries. A paradise for sun worshipers and holiday makers, I traveled far to this part of the country to be captivated by the Natural Wonders and Historical Heritage of the southern part of Cebu Province. Thus, another travel series to chronicle asThe Travel Teller Journeys to South of Cebu”.

The southern part of Cebu Province is comprised with 18 municipalities and 3 components cities namely the municipalities of Alcantara, Alcoy, Alegria, Argao, Badian, Barili, Boljoon, Dalaguete, Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Minglanilla, Moalboal, Oslob, Ronda, Samboan, San Fernando, Santander and Sibonga, and the component cities of Carcar, Naga and Talisay. These are equally charming places where every explorer like me can relish a diversity of destinations, great outdoor activities and colorful events.

Out of the 21 towns and cities of Southern Cebu, 8 of these spectacular places were part of my journey. These 8 equally worth visiting towns teems with wonderful discoveries that include rich history and culture, lush tropical surroundings, stretches of unspoiled white sand beaches, exciting outdoor and nightfall activities that I did not miss to experience and explore in three days.

THE TRAVEL TELLER’S SOUTH CEBU PHOTO TEASERS

From the Provincial Capitol of Cebu, join me as I chronicle my surreal encounter with gigantic whale sharks of Oslob, my amazement seeing the ancient relics of the historical town of Boljoon, my quick visit to the long stretch of white sand public beaches of  Alcoy, my exciting ascend to Osmeña Peak, the highest point in the whole Province of Cebu located in Dalaguete, my visit to the heritage park of Argao, my spiritual journey to Simala Church in Sibonga, and my food trip in Carcar.

More than its history that goes way beyond 439 years ago when the island became a province at the start of the Spanish colonization; the Province of Cebu is undeniably the best Island Province to visit in the Philippines. With its variety of destinations and great selection of outdoor activities, Cebu is a place for all seasons.

Having recently journeyed to South of Cebu, I feel like I have traveled back time reliving its rich culture and historical legacy. Moreover, experiencing the thrill of its natural wonders is way too exciting until now it captivates me. It is a beautiful travel story to tell.

TRAVELING TO CEBU: One may think exploring the Province of Cebu is way too expensive. My recent trip proves that it’s not! All you have to do is to be a little wiser. Most of the places I visited in the coastal towns of the province are free. There are environmental fees and entrance fees though but they are reasonably priced. If you are traveling all the way from Europe, most of the budget will go on the flight tickets but once you arrive it’s not like you need to ask for a credit to enjoy. Of course, for those far-away international travelers that didn’t book with enough time in advance and didn’t find a nice deal, asking for a credit might be one option. You can get a free credit report here and make sure that you get the best deal available for your financial needs. But of course, more than those expenses, every destination you’ll get to explore in this province is worth every penny you spend. It is worth your hard earned money! So, travel to the Island Province of Cebu. Let it captivate you!

This is “THE TRAVEL TELLER’S JOURNEY TO SOUTH OF CEBU: The Travel Series”.