We visited Eli Rock viewing deck and Boljoon Church as suggested by my friend ”Kate” or also known as Red Maleta (A well known blogger in Cebu). It was supposed to be me, Kate & Mhanz who will be together in this adventure. Unfortunately, Kate needs to take care of some personal matter.
Mhanz and I still pushed through with the plan of visiting the town of Boljoon. We thought of going there first before hiking the famous Osmeña peak which is an hour a part in terms of distance.
We brought a car for this adventure to save us some precious time. The travel took us 3 hours, it was a long but fun drive as I miss Cebu a lot. When we finally reached our destination, we first went to the historical Church. It gave me chills as it was my first time appreciating an old but beautiful piece of work, not to mention the history behind it.
The Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church (Our Lady of Patronage of Mary Parish Church), commonly known as Boljoon Church, is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Our Lady of Patrocinio in the municipality of Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines, under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu.
It has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It is also under consideration for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Philippines as a member of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension).
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boljoon_Church
After appreciating and offering a short prayer at the Church, we then headed to the nearby Eli viewing deck. You have to climb stairs with 130+ steps to have a view of the town. You can also take this opportunity to appreciate the scenery especially the sea/ocean. Some say, you can actually see Bohol island from a distance.
When we went there, the place was not fully developed yet. I heard that the idea to make a viewing deck came after an unfortunate event when the town was hit by an earthquake. In order to prevent debris from falling, the government did something to the area.
You can watch the video by clicking the link here.