The Instagrammable Cuartel and the Historic Town of Oslob, Cebu!

Oslob other than Whale Shark Watching and Sumilon Island

Oslob is famous for its Whale Shark Watching and Sumilon Island but you might also want to tour around the town proper and explore the beautiful Spanish-inspired instagram-worthy historical structures dating back to the 1800's. If you love historical sites, this itinerary should be on your list on your next visit to Oslob, Cebu. (I will update this blog soon)
Cuartel in Oslob Cebu Philippines
Cuartel in Oslob Cebu Philippines. Highly Instagrammable

SITES TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO IN OSLOB TOWN


Cuartel
Cuartel is a unique structure built through the effort of El Gran Maestro Don Marcos Sabandal to serve as barracks for Spanish armies but was halted during the arrival of the Americans in 1899. (Photo taken in 2017)
Cuartel. Photo taken in 2017

Immaculate Conception Parish Church
Immaculate Conception Church in Oslob Cebu Philippines
Immaculate Conception Church in Oslob Cebu Philippines. Photo taken in November 2022.

The foundation of the church was laid on May 14, 1830. The church plan was drawn by Bishop Santos Gomes Maranon, the same prelate who had the kiosk of Magellan's Cross in Cebu City constructed. The site was chosen by Fr. Julian Bermejo since it has a bigger size for settlement and at the same time to replace the destroyed church of Daanlungsod and officially became an independent parish on January 8, 1847. A fire destroyed the church on November 7, 1955, was restored, but was hit again by fire on March 26, 2008. The church was completely restored once again on December 10, 2010.
[Photo taken in 2017 when I first went to Oslob town]

Calle Aragones
This is the oldest street in Oslob. Built in 1879 and was named after Parish Priest, Fr. Jose Aragones during the Spanish Era.

Baluarte/Fr. Julian Bermejo Statue
This watchtower was built the same year as the construction of the fortress of Daanlungsod in 1788. It was one of the seven watchtowers built along the coastline of Oslob. The statue is that of Fr. Julian Bermejo who was responsible in devising a strong and effective defense system (baluartes) made of coral stone and lime mortar that served as a lookout stations in detecting the coming of Moro Pirate ships. He was hailed by Cebuanos as El Parroco Capitan for his courage and military prowess.

Museo Oslob
Oslob Heritage Park
Oslob Heritage Park
Oslob Heritage Park is by the sea where you'll find Cuartel, Museo Oslob, Immaculate Conception Church on your way there. Locals I believe frequented the place due to its cool sea breeze. When I wen there in November and December 2022, I saw some amusement rides and I took a ride at their Ferris Wheel and Rabbit.

Oslob Heritage Park. When I went there last December 2022, I took a Ferris Wheel and Rabbit ride
Oslob Heritage Park. When I went there last December 2022, I took a Ferris Wheel and Rabbit ride

Rabbit Ride and Ferris Wheel Ride at Oslob Heritage Park
Rabbit Ride and Ferris Wheel Ride at Oslob Heritage Park. This was in December 2022. I think the amusement rides and the carnival are available late November up to early January.

The sites above are a walking distance away from each other within the vicinity of Balay Lungsod sa Oslob. 
Plaza in front of Balay Lungsod sa Oslob or Oslob Municipal Hall
Plaza in front of Balay Lungsod sa Oslob or Oslob Municipal Hall. Taken in November 2022

OTHER SITES TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO IN OSLOB

Aside from the famous Whale Shark Watching and Sumilon Island, you can also visit Tumalog Falls, Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring and Oslob Food Parks such as Bora Cube Food Park and Highway 107 Food Park.
GETTING THERE
  1. Go to South Bus Terminal (near E-Mall)
  2. Ride a bus going to Bato via Oslob (Fare is P165 aircon [one way], non aircon must be lesser). Travel time from Cebu City to Oslob is 3.5 to 4 hours depending on traffic. (Update 1/3/23, fare may have changed and are subject to change without prior notice)
  3. Disembark at Oslob Public Market fronting MLhuillier or ask the bus steward to drop you off at Oslob town proper. 
  4. The sites are a walking distance from Oslob Public Market
  • If you are going there from the other southwestern towns (i.e. Barili, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Badian, Ginatilan, etc), you can catch a bus bound for Bato on the streets every 20 to 30 minutes or so, depending on traffic. Fare varies depending on your point of origin. Disembark at Bato Terminal then ride a bus going to Oslob or Cebu City. Fare is P45 (non-aircon). Tell the bus steward to drop you off at Oslob Public Market.
  • If you are going there from the other southeastern towns (i.e. Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, etc.), you can catch a bus bound for Bato on the streets every 20 to 30 minutes or so, depending on traffic. Disembark at Oslob Public Market.
  • If you need assistance, you can go to the tourism office right next to Oslob Public Market.
    PLACES TO STAY
    There are several places you can stay in Oslob. If you want to go Whale Shark Watching, the place is in Barangay Tan-awan. So, check the map before hitting that reservation button and see how close you are to the place. These are some the places to stay in Oslob. Public transportation is very accessible there. I enjoyed riding the tricycle.
    Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort 
    Stay N Save B&B

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