Here's a trivia before we all learn about the kagila-gilalas (wonderful) history of the Maasin cathedral. Maasin City, where this antique architecture stands, is the birthplace of current Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. I won't elaborate on that. I always thought he was a likas na Davaoeño (a native of Davao City) but, apparently, his mother hailed from this place.
This is the second time that I visited Maasin but the first time that I actually enjoyed it. It was night the first time we passed through there and we only saw the city through the tinted car windows. But today, as my hubby went about with his business transactions, I was left to explore the plaza. The cathedral sits in the middle, on the right side of the Maasin City Hall, and fronting Jollibee.
It was scorching hot when I took the photographs but I quite enjoyed the expedition. I wallowed in history as I read the story of the place. Here's what the historical marker in front of the cathedral said --
This place was founded by the Jesuit missionaries in 1700. It was a temporary church back then, even up till it was destroyed by the Moros in 1754. Maasin became a town the following year. By 1768, the church was managed by the Agustinian priests. The church was once again erected in 1771 but the Moros...
destroyed it, yet again, in 1784.
A stone church was finally built under the management of of Father Serapio Gonzales but this was again destroyed. By 1839, Father Jose Paco took charge in building the new church but this was burned in 1882. When it was built again, it was erected as a cathedral when Maasin became the seat of the new diocese on August 14, 1968.
Maasin's patron saint is the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion (Our Lady of the Assumption).
The renaming of the town of Maasin is related to the incident when some Spaniards, who needed drinking water, scanned the shorelines and found Canturing River. They asked the natives in Castillan Spanish while gesturing towards the river, "Que pueblo es este?" Without hesitation, the natives answered "Maasin" (meaning salty), thinking that the Spaniards were asking them how the water tasted. From that time on, the place has been called Maasin -- Wikipedia
Here's the rest of our trip in color including that lunch in Jollibee which is a novelty here --
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