Samboan: Explore the Wonders of the Paradise Island

Digging deeper into Queen City of the South, a municipality rich in historical landmarks, untouched waterfalls, cave, lake, and warmhearted people, is the “Paradise Island,” the municipality of Samboan in Cebu. It derived its name from the term “Sinamboang” which is a way of fishing used by men before. And because the place is always worth a visit, here are some of the spots that you should take a tour or at least a step on the land during a vacation.


1.       If you want to feast your eyes with all the produce and livestock from the mountains and coastal, drop by the Samboan Public Market or commonly referred to as ‘tabo sa banay.’


2.       Boluntaryo monument: This is a monument built as a dedication for all who volunteered as guards during the chaotic World War II.


3.       St. Michael the Archangel Parish church: A part of Cebu being the first place where the Spaniards landed, this church was built way back 1798 funded by the Royal Treasury of Spain.


4.       If you are looking for beautiful sculptures of the Stations of the Cross, the Grotto of the Virgin Mary and the Via Crucis depicts the Passion of Christ where people would flock on during the Holy Week of Penance.


5.       Museo de Samboan: Inaugurated during the Samboan’s Fiesta in 2010, this place has also become a tourist destination. Chinese pottery and other relics that date back to even before the Spanish period were exhibited here. Additionally, paintings of local artists can also be seen here and are displayed available to everyone.


6.       Escala de Jacob: Upon the instruction of a parish priest by the name of Toribio Gerzon way back 1878, this hand – carved staircase was built in flat stones and lime so that parishioners in low lying areas would not find it hard to attend mass.


7.       Campanario de Antigua: Historically, this structure served as an early warning system for the people in Samboan for pirate raids in the event of Spanish colonialism. This is sited 200 feet above sea level and was made of coral stone slabs and terracotta tiles. Trivia: this is the tallest and most well-preserved watch tower in Cebu.