September 30th, 2010
As a devoted Catholic we made sure that we visit and hear mass every Sunday. Good thing Bohol is full of Catholic churches. Although a bit far from the resort that we stayed in but motorbikes came to our rescue. I was hesitant in riding a motorbike at first because I never rode a motorbike since I was 12. But we didn’t have any choice since the tricycle was way too expensive. After all, we needed more adventure in Bohol!
We arrived early for the 5PM mass. At least we had plenty of time to explore the place.
The church of St. Augustine is 18 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, lying on the southwestern side of Panglao Island. The massive stone church is nestled on a plain, its back to the seashore and its right side facing a big, wide plaza which is the venue of the town’s many religious and social activities.
It is beside the ruins of an older church which may have been of Baroque architectural design. The older church was said to have been destroyed in 1886. There are twin antique confessionals in the church that are carved artistically with grape and dove patterns and the ceiling’s frescoes depict the Seven Sacraments. SOURCE.
The church outside and inside was very pretty. Not to mention it’s huuuge too! I love the old structure and I was intriqued by the banging of the bells that I requested if I could try it out also. Good thing, they agreed!
Even if the church was packed, mass was solemn. It was a great idea to hear mass that day. We get to fulfill our responsibility as a Catholic at the same we were able to explore that part of Panglao.