Our Lady of the Assumption Church (Dauis)

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Probacion, Dauis-Panglao Road
Panglao Island, Bohol
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9.625605°N 123.865030°E

The church of Our Lady of the Assumption (a declared National Cultural Treasure) in Dauis, Bohol, on the Island of Panglao is located not far from the bridge that connects Panglao with Bohol. The church was founded by the Jesuits Fr. Diego de Ayala and Joseph Gregorio.

The basilica-style church is built in a mixture of styles, influenced by both Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. Inside, the ceiling have some impressive frescoes painted by Ray Francia in 1916. The ceiling over the central nave and aisles are coffered woodwork and not tromp l’oeil. Lito Arraya renovated the building in 1970. The church’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Assumption, is enshrined at the church apse, protected by a ciborium-like canopy. She is said to possess miraculous powers. An old legend relates that once the town was invaded by pirates, the people of Dauis locked themselves into the church. However, they soon ran out of provisions and water. Then a miracle occurred – a well appeared at the foot of the altar. This same well is still the main source of water for the people living close to the church, and although the well is only a few meters from the sea, the water is absolutely fresh. The water is said to have healing powers.

This is one of Bohol’s beautiful churches, which has retained its Spanish architecture although it has a semi-modern façade. The church is a nice three kilometer walk from Tagbilaran City. Alternatively, visitors may reach the place by tricycle or jeepney.

The facade and portico of the Dauis Church collapsed during the 2013 Bohol earthquake with some cracks on the interior walls as well. – wikipedia.org

Currently being restored by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

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Posted: September 12, 2014

Author: pamana360

Category: Churches, National Cultural Treasures

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