St. Peter and Paul Church
Bantayan Island, Cebu
Bantayan Church is the first and oldest parish established in Cebu, Philippines. Founded in June 11, 1580, the Bantayan Church was offered to the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion by the Augustinian Priests. After it was accomplished, Saint Peter became the patron saint. The parish territory extended to Maripipi, Panamao and Limangcawayan of Leyte. Like all churches that time in the Philippines it was used to be a hiding place for the townsfolk during calamities and war. During it's history the church was burned and destroyed several times by Moro pirates. The construction of the existing structure was finished in 1863 and has walls of coral stones just like most of the century-old churches of the Philippines.