Dauis: Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Photo: Ivan About Town

The church located in Poblacion, Dauis town is dedicated to the Nuestra Senora de Asuncion (Our Lady of the Assumption).

Dauis separated from Baclayon and became an independent parish in 1697. The church was founded by the Jesuit priests Fr. Diego de Ayala and Joseph Gregorio. The church was built from a mixture of styles, influenced by both Byzantine and Romanesque architecture.

Inside the church are impressive murals said to be the works of both Ray Francia and Canuto Avila created from 1919 to 1923. Lito Arraya renovated the building in 1970.

Photo: Ivan About Town

Church legend

The church's patron saint, the Virgin of the Assumption, is said to possess miraculous powers.

An old legend relates that once, when the town was invaded by pirates, the people of Dauis locked themselves inside the church. However, they soon ran out of provisions and water. Then a miracle occurred - a well appeared at the foot of the altar.

This same well is still the main source of water for the people living close to the church, and, although the well is only a few meters from the sea, the water is absolutely fresh. The water is said to have healing powers, so, if you're visiting here, don't forget to bring a bottle and take some home.

The Dauis Church Complex, which includes the church, convent, watchtower and belfry, is a National Historical Landmark.

Getting there

The church is a nice three kilometer walk from Tagbilaran city. Alternatively, you may catch a tricycle or jeepney to bring you across.

Photo: Epoy's flickr account

Photo: WISIWIB blog

(Text: Ivan About Town and bohol.ph)

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