St. John the Baptist (Garcia-Hernandez)

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Tagbilaran East Road
Municipality of Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol
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9.614852°N 124.294535°E

Originally known as Sinugbuan because it was populated by Cebuanos, the town was established a visita of Jagna in 1841 and in 1844 a chapel-of-ease was built. Jagna, the mother parish, had a retablo and a painting of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint installed in 1848. In 1857, a more substantial church was built, and in 1858 the town was established and a year later the parish. During this time the town was renamed to honor two Recollect priests who were instrumental in securing the necessary authorization for this development: Fr. Jose Garcia of Loon and Fr. Narciso Hernandez of Guindulman. In 1870, the town site was transferred to the neighboring barrio Manaba, and the former site came to be known as Lungsod-daan. The Recollects remained until 1898. The Americans burned the town in 1901 during the Filipino-American War.

A heritage site, the present Church of St. John the Baptist was commenced in 1880 and completed in 1896, replacing an earlier church. However, an earthquake in 1990 damaged the façade. The rebuilt façade is in a completely new style unsympathetic to the older church. The interior has a Grecian feel with a central nave flanked by side aisles. A Doric frieze runs across the church. The device of the frieze and fluted columns are used in the major retable (retablo). –


Posted: September 9, 2014

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