After a long time of dreaming to explore Sumilon Island, at long last it’s a dream come true. Tomorrow will be the day of its fulfillment. I would like to thank Karla Paner and her team in letting me join her team for this trip.
Every time I visit a place, the first thing I need to see is their church. That’s why as you can see in most of my entries here I featured the different churches of the places I’ve explored here in Cebu province. I don’t know, it seems like there is a magnetic force the draws me near to this kind of edifices. Then I just find my eyes feasting the beauty of the golden structure.
One of the good architectural designs I’ve seen in a church is the St Catherine’s Church in Carcar City. The church was built in 1859 during the Augustinian Friars and it is the second oldest church in Cebu. St Catherine’s Church was named after the town’s patron saint St. Catherine’s of Alexandria. The design of the church is admiSt Catherine’s Churchred for its Byzantine architecture, Greco-Roman altar and twin bell towers.
Every November 25th the town attracts thousands of devotees & visitors from different walks of life to pay homage to our Saint Catherine’s of Alexandria. Today the church stands historically on the top of the hill with peeled paints, rotten woods and cracked foundations, to the point of dilapidation. People noticed the changed of its physical structure but these defects did not change the profound devotion to the Blessed Mother.
During my recently concluded trip down south of Cebu, I came across this marker situated within the town plaza. In fact, the marker is fronting the town hall of Argao. This marker is considered to be the oldest electrical post in Argao. The e-post was erected circa 1927. It’s a clear manifestation that the architectural structures long before were of good quality that can last up to several decades.
The entrance to the sanctuary
the rare butterfly
The first of its kind in the Philippines, the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is an all-natural haven of butterflies with no enclosure. It exists since 1974 as a result of a personal passion of artist Julian Jumalon. You can find 53 kinds of butterfly species flying freely around the garden sanctuary including the beautiful Daedalus with a least 10 to 15 kinds guaranteed to be spotted within a day. The garden has at least 100 kinds of butterfly food plants, the source of attraction for these graceful creatures. The sanctuary also houses complete life histories of butterfly species – a precious tool for biology students working on their theses – and the oldest existing collection of butterflies with specimens dating back to the 1930’s and some of the most wanted butterflies in the world.
Our Lady of Guadalupe at Guadalupe Cave
Guadalupe Cave is a small cave where one has to line up to enter. Further to enter you have to cover your head with Our Lady of Guadalupe’s blue veil to ameliorate your sorrow. The image found in Guadalupe Cave narrates that Cebuano forefathers hid the image there out of fear. They thought that it might be taken back by the Spaniards or dishonored by non-believing people. The image in the cave was slipped from public memory until a local wild chicken trapper found it by chance. The image was eventually placed in a chapel. This is the same place where the present Guadalupe Parish Church stands. The cave, meanwhile, was left unattended until a patron who remains anonymous offered to refurbish it. In 1977, parish priest Rev. Msgr. Esteban S. Binghay had it blessed. The water dripping from the cave is said to have healing powers and a pilgrimage to the cave is said to grant the believer’s wish. To visit this cave, you must come to Langub, Kalunasan, Guadalupe, Cebu City.