Heritage Tour to South of Cebu: Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church Sibonga

It was an information-overload and an adventure-packed Flyday, I mean, FRIDAY.

May is a “National Heritage Month” and as a way of celebrating it, RAFI (Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.) had this Media Heritage Tour to Sibonga and Argao last May 18, 2012.

Way back on my younger years, I easily got bored  when joining class  Heritage or Educational Tours. I had no interest of listening  to information  about the past.   I hated history. I hated significant dates, names, and all – like I care. If my memory serves me right, the last time I had a class tour was during my 2nd year of college and I spelled it B O R I N G.

After this tour, I realized I have changed my tune. My old “me”, as a history-hater, is gone. People really changed, right?


Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza. View taken at the Convent

We first set-foot at the Municipality of Sibonga and because of the group of people  I was with (so energetic and enthusiastic), excitement to “nth” level. As I hurriedly got out from the van, church’s facade met my eyes. With my digital camera and my phone, I unprofessionally took several shots of the church on different angles. The church name is Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza. The church is situated just beside the provincial highway. It has a high and huge main entrance door with gigantic bell towers on each side. The guide took us to the convent, which is not directly attached to the main church building. It is a mini museum where some of the old relics are housed. We were toured and while our guide shared little history (again, I was not listening attentively.) I was roaming around and taking photos.

This is the old Sibonga Convent.
Old Chalices at Sibonga Convent
Some old documents and Bibles.
An image of Santo Niño at Sibonga Convent


After the convent, we then proceeded to the church.

Inside of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza

Inside the church, you will be captivated by the early 20th century paintings over the ceilings. These are the masterpiece of the famed Cebuano painter, Raymundo Francia.

Painted Ceiling by Raymundo Francia. This you can see at the ceiling near the main entrance of the Church.
interior view of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church
The painting at the ceiling depicts the ‘7 Days of Creation’.


After roaming inside the Church, we went back to convent for a  little breather.


Now, off to ARGAO. Please see separate post here >> Amazing Argao.