Heritage and Sites of Loon Town
History had witnessed what the town has undergone from a simple community to a bustling town of the province of Bohol. With strong religious faith, the inhabitants were able to build the massive Catholic Church dedicated to Our Lady of Light. This heritage shows the efforts of their forebears, mixed with sweat and blood.
Aside from this, the town of Loon is also proud of its several heritage sites that serves as a proof of history's role in the lives of its townsfolk.
Heritage and Historical Sites
Our Lady of Light Parish is established by the Jesuits in 1753. It is considered, by some, as the biggest church in the province. Beside the church is the old convento, now Sacred Heart Academy, which was built during the term of Fr. Pedro Polo (1844-46).
Moalong River and Cliff. The Moalong River is the meandering river that divides the Municipality of Loon into two almost equal parts. The moalong cliff and river both served as mute witnesses to the most successful ambush by the Boholano guerillas against Japanese assailants during the Second World War. The cliff provides a good view of the wide expanse of mangroves.
Inang-angan is a grand stairway of four flights and 174 steps that was made of coral stone blocks. It was constructed under the direction of Fr. Antonio Yus, the parish priest from year 1847 to 1849.
Spanish-Era Mortuary Chapel is located across the Our Lady of Light Church and is made of coral stone blocks. In the olden times, the remains of a dead person were brought here for final blessing before they would be buried. Presently, it is now used as an office and occasional showroom for special events.
Sombria Bridge. This stone bridge in Cogon Norte on the national highway has been identified by the Sites and Monuments Division of the Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage (BACH) Council as one of the most imposing and having the highest elevation among colonial bridges in the province.
Ferandos House. Owned by the family of the late Pio Ferandos, former Loon mayor and Cebu RTC judge.
Loon Public Plaza was completed in 1929 and features an imposing monument dedicated to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It also features a big fountain that depicts the legend of the town.
Big Cross. This pilgrimage site marked by a Big Cross on the slopes of Barangay Cabug offers a majestic view of the Cebu Strait. A road leading to the place features replicas of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
Barangay Cantaongon. A major supply camp of the Boholano guerrillas during the Second World War.
Sister Milvida’s House of Prayer, also called “House of Peace”, is a favorite retreat facility in the middle of a coconut grove in Barangay Moto Sur. It is situated on a promontory overlooking the Lintuan Beach and the Cebu Strait.
Virgen de la Paz Hermitage. This home of the Virgen de la Paz hermit nuns sits on a cliff that overlooks the mangroves and marine sanctuary in Barangay Tangnan and offers an unobstructed view of the sea and the blue mountains of Cebu.
Solar-powered Lighthouse. Located in Punta Baluarte in Barangay Pantudlan, Cabilao Island, this modern lighthouse is a donation of the Spanish government and stands beside the old one that has been retained for its historical value.
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