Governor Hilario P. Davide III urged the townspeople to safeguard the town’s historical sites and customs during the opening ceremony of Oslob’s 8th Annual Heritage Week running from September 26 to 30.
Oslob Heritage Week, now on its eight year, highlighted three historical sites that landed them as among the favorite tourist destinations in Cebu: The Cuartel (barracks), Baluarte (watchtower) and Church of Immaculate Conception.
“Hagit kini sa mga Oslobanons labi na sa mga batan-on nga panggaon ug panalipdan ang inyong kabilin og ipasa sa sunod na henerasyon,” Davide said.
The unfinished Spanish Cuartel, made of corral blocks, was erected during 1800s few meters from the town’s shoreline. Now, it’s a favorite picturesque place for posterity shots both from foreign and local visitors.
To the north of the Cuartel is a ruin of the Baluarte, a watchtower used as a safe haven for the Spanish soldiers. Natives and conquistadores made use of the place as a strategic high ground against the widespread raids of Moro pirates.
The town had a total of 13 Baluartes dispersed along its coastline utilized as an effective defense system during the Spanish era.
Just beside the Cuartel lies the century-old Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and convent which were razed by fire in 2008. Located inside Oslob Heritage Complex, it is one of the oldest churches in Cebu.
The Church and convent were burned down during the Second World War but were eventually restored.
Town officials made sure that its rich history and customs won’t fade away from the memory of its people by presenting Cebuano songs, traditional dances and poetry recitals.
Davide also called on the youth to preserve these sites and their customs so they may pass them to the next generation.
Oslob Vice Mayor Ronald Guaren, for his part, stressed the importance of remembering one’s origin by quoting the famous lines of Jose Rizal: “He who never learns to look back to his origin will never reach his destination.” (Kelvin Cañizares)