Boljoon Guide

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This mobile guide is part of the Digital Tourism program of Smart Communications Inc., InnoPub Media and the Boljoon Municipal Government.

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SAINT LEO THE GREAT. This wood-carved and half-relief of Saint Leo The Great is all that remains of five that decorated the angled panels of the pulpit of the church of Boljoon. Thieves left one because if all five panels were taken, the pulpit would have collapsed. The image is now on display inside the Boljoon museum.

Boljoon Parish Museum

The Boljoon Parish Museum occupies the ground floor of the rectory and houses the town's liturgical and cultural treasures. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance fees are P20 for students, P25 for other locals, and P50 for foreigners.

Among the ecclesiastical artifacts inside the museum include carved wooden statures of saints, a bell wheel, which was once rung by turning the wheel as mass goers line up to receive communion, lagang or flower arrangements which used to decorate the altar during feast days, sacra or altar cards that used to guide priests during the Tridentine (Latin) part of the mass, chairs once used during the liturgy, Matins, and Vespers, liturgical garments in colors and designs expressing the different themes of the liturgy such as Advent, Christmas, Good Friday, or Easter, as well as music sheets for the Vesperas, a Latin prayer based on the score of a Gregorian choral and sung on the eve of every fiesta.

Also displayed at the museum are human skeletons and artifacts found in burials carbon-dated by US experts back to around 1529-1619. These relics include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, household implements like bowls of Japanese origin and Zhangzou-type ceramic powder box.

Not to be missed is a painting of Mary with the child Jesus that is visibly of European origin. It is highly probably this was brought here by Spanish missionaries.

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