Boljoon Guide

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AMONG BIGGEST. The Boljoon rectory is among Cebu's biggest rectories, so built because it hosted top members of the clergy who were regular visitors to the town during Spanish times.

Rectory

The rectory is probably the oldest and biggest remaining residential building from Spanish colonial times in Boljoon.

It is L-shaped in accordance with the tradition of the period and located adjacent to the church.

Ronald Villanueva, the town's heritage and tourism officer, said it is among Cebu's biggest rectories, so built because it hosted top members of the clergy who were regular visitors to Boljoon during Spanish times.


GRAND STAIRCASE. Leading up to the second floor is a wide and grand staircase with ornately carved posts. According to a town officer, an antique collector years ago had offered to buy this staircase for half a million pesos.


Completed by Fr. Bermejo in 1847, the structure is an example of a typical balay na bato, a Spanish improvement on the post and beam nipa house of the natives.

Like any other Spanish-colonial residential building, the rectory's ground floor served as a bodega or storage. Today, the first level space has been turned into a museum housing the town's ecclesiastical and liturgical artifacts.

Leading up to the second floor is a wide and grand staircase with ornately carved posts. Villanueva said an antique collector years ago had offered to buy this staircase for half a million pesos.

The second floor, with its wooden walls and hardwood posts and floors, continues to serve as the rectory's living space. It currently houses the town's parish priest and his assistants.

A big part of the roof is still covered with Spanish monk-and-nun-style clay tiles like that of the church.


CARVINGS. Inside the rectory is an antique chair with these carvings.


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