We only had a day to visit and explore Oslob, Cebu. Our first activity was whale shark watching and swimming at Sumilon Island. The first two activities were tiring enough; we can either go to Tumalog Falls or Cuartel afterward. Since we have had enough of water activities, we all decided to visit Cebu’s historical place: Cuartel & Baluarte. From the whale shark briefing area, it only took us 20 minutes to travel to Cuartel. I must say I was pretty tired because I fell as sleep as soon as we started to travel! I woke up only to find out that we arrived already.
We only stayed there for a while, though. Around 20 minutes is enough to get a glimpse of Cuartel & Baluarte. I like visiting places like this because of its historical background.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Unfortunately, it was burned down in 1945, and 1955 but the people restored it. In addition to that, around 2008, a fire destroyed the interior of this 19th-century church, sparing only the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the other 73 icons near the door to the bell tower.
Up to the present, major reconstructions were made thus the church is back to its original state.
I don’t regret choosing Cuartel over Tumalog Falls. I was fascinated by its surroundings – from fresh air to the view of the coastline, this place is definitely a place where you can stop and relax for a moment.
A 20-minute stay is already enough to know a bit about this historical place in Cebu. Right after visiting Cuartel, we are now faced with a new adventure: hiking to Osmeña Peak!