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Escuela Catolica

Built in 1940, the structure has a rectangular plan with a formal symmetrical façade. The double grand staircase anchors its overall presence, with concrete balustrade terminating towards the veranda the ornate callado design. Wood relief ornamentation accentuates the base of the roof pediment. The building provides the only American era characteristic to a very strong Spanish colonial era church complex setting.

It is used to be a dormitory for children taking their first communion who were required to stay at the Escuela the night before taking the Holy Communion. It was used as a school for religious teachings and for a time was a primary school. It is now serves as meeting place for the Parish's various religious groups.

 

Blockhouse – Fortress

The blockhouse is believed to have been built by Fray Julian Bermejo on 1808 and is the main fortress on the church complex's fortification. This stone structure is a large quadrangular house made of coral stonewalls and tile roofs. In some report, the wall is at least 1 meter thick. Its four corners were reinforced with loopholes. It was described by townspeople in earlier times as “dakong balay”. Today the blockhouse serves as the bell tower. It rises high over the Rizal Park and Municipal hall.

   

 

Boljoon Municipal Hall

It was the site of the town hall built on 1913. It was demolished and replaced by the existing Post-independence Era structure, which stands as the present day municipal hall.

 
 
From the accounts of Adolfo Estella, in the Second World War, o the site of the present municipal hall was where the Guerilla forces murdered Clito and Pantaleona Romero in the eve of liberation. It is also said that their dead bodies where buried on the same site.
 

Love Story

A Chinese merchant, who traded along the southern coastal communities of Cebu, and Mindanao during the late 1800s fell in love with a beautiful maiden in Boljoon.

The merchant would anchor his vessel that had sailed all the way from China in the coast of Boljoon , While in Boljoon, he courted a mestiza, a daughter of a town official. The young lovers bore a child.

In the beginning, the China man earned the permission to occupy the lower floor of the house. Years later, while sailing off to other islands, the China man would never to return. He was not heard nor seen again ever since.

 

 

Perhaps it was because the town official did not approved of the relationship. The mesiza died old age unmarried. She never fell in love again.

   
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