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Sts. Peter and Paul Church – Bantayan by Dennis Natividad · 365 Project

Bantayan Church is considered to be as the first and oldest parish established in Cebu, Philippines. It was founded in June 11, 1580 and was offered to the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion by the Augustinian Priests. After it was accomplished, Saint Peter became the patron saint. The original church was destroyed by the Moro raids in 1628 and 800 Bantayanons were taken as slaves by the Moro Pirates. It repaired in that same year and the management was turned over to the secular. The construction of the existing structure commenced in 1839 and was finished in 1863.

The Bantayan Church has walls of coral stones.It used to have a roof made of Tisa Clay but because of age, the clays broke. The church’s existing roof is now made of Stainless Steel.