Oslob - Cebu Province Destinations


It is a municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.

Oslob is a 4th class municipality situated in the southeastern coast of Cebu, about 117 kilometers from Cebu City. Oslob is home to numerous tourist attractions with its magnificent diving sites and rich cultural heritage.

The Oslob Parish Church, or the Immaculada Concepcion Parish, is one of the oldest churches in Cebu. Located in Barangay Poblacion, the church's foundation was first laid in 1830 and was finished 18 years after. The church used cut coral blocks for its convent and the church itself. The church complex is enclosed by walls and within the vicinity are the remnants of a watchtower. On March 26, 2008, a terrible fire which started in one of the rooms of the rectory, gutted the church of Oslob. Luckily, the image of the Immaculate Concepcion, which was displayed at the main altar and to whom the church was dedicated, survived the carnage. Some images which were safely kept at the base of the belfry were also spared.

Calle Aragones, the oldest street in Oslob, is located nearby the church. Situated right in front of the Oslob Parish is the Cuartel, which is the ruins of the ancient barracks for Spanish armies. Within the vicinity also is the ruins of an old watchtower called the Baluarte.

The Island of Sumilon, located in the southeastern tip of the Municipality of Oslob, is home to the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort. It is one of the top tourist destinations not only in town but also in the whole province of Cebu. The island has an area of 24 hectares and has clear waters with varying aquamarine hues. White-sand beaches are found in different parts of the island. Sumilon Island is also one of the most popular diving sites in the country because of its lucid seawater and vast collection of aquatic flora and fauna.

Oslob also has its annual Sadsad Festival, which is celebrated during the town fiesta. The word “sadsad” in the local dialect means dance. This is where the Sadsad festival got its name. The festival is held in honor of the town's patroness, the Immaculate Concepcion, whose feast day falls in the month of December.




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