Ermita Ruins is a Spanish term of a small church or chapel in a lonely place. It is an 18th Century structure which has the closest resemblance to Paco Cemetery, a historical sight in Paco, Manila. Built in 1800 until 1815 by Fr. Enrique de Santo de Villanueva and it was constructed during the Spanish colonial period that has been abandoned and erected by population that was willing to work for the Church and the Ermita.
It has honeycombed-arranged tombs or sepulchers that are unique and so far the only one found in the Philippines, which make-up the walls for the Ermita. According to local historians, the structure was allegedly used as a military fortress.
This was constructed to serve not only as a chapel, but also as a cemetery even though there were no graves found in the tombs. Even before it was completed, it could be possible that a big catastrophic event occurred, an epidemic perhaps, which explains the mass burial, as evidenced by skeletons excavated from the ground, not properly arranged but just laid on top of the others (although some bones recovered were transferred to the Municipal Cemetery).
The preservation of Ermita Ruins is a joint project of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish, and Local Government of Dimiao. The preservation is in accordance with the National Heritage Institute (NHI), to retain antiquity of the place and preserve its natural beauty and attraction.
|Poblacion, Dimiao, Bohol|
|HOW TO GET THERE||Any vehicle will do
By Public Transport – Jeepney and Bus from Tagbilaran City – Brgy. Poblacion, Dimiao, Bohol is 37 kms from Tagbilaran City and
about 45 minutes -1 hour travel time.
One way fare – 35 Php
|SCHEDULE||The place is always available to local and foreign tourists at your most convenient time|
|PRECAUTION STATEMENT||Please observe cleanliness and dispose your garbage in prescribe disposal with respect to the souls|
|WHAT TO WEAR?||Any comfortable clothes|
|WHAT TO BRING?||Drinking water, hand towel, cap, camera|
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
|Any ages could experience the tour|
DOES THE ECO-TOUR ACCEPT BOOKINGS?
|It not necessary|
|Ma. Stella Salaysay