Bohol's Perfect-shaped Landmark Finally Restored After Devastating 2013 Quake
Maribojoc, a fourth class municipality of Bohol, is one of the scenic towns of the province boasting with the panoramic view of the mountains, rolling plains filled with crops and an extensive bay that is rich in marine resources. The province's main source of livelihood comes from agriculture and fishing.
A town with a vibrant history, you’ll find structures that were built during the Spanish period and are centuries-old. One historical site is the Punta Cruz Watchtower.
The Punta Cruz Watchtower, also known as Fuerte de San Vicente Ferrer or Fort of Saint Vincent Ferrer, is a lookout tower built during the Spanish Colonial Era against incoming Moro marauders that strike every southwestern monsoon season.
Built in 1796, the tower is located in Barangay Punta Cruz. Its distinct feature is its shape that is believed to be the only perfect isosceles-triangle tower-fort structure in the Philippines.
The structure is also known as the Maribojoc Watchtower which is 3 kilometers away from hMaribojoc Church. As shown in the inscription on its entrance, the tower is dedicated to the town’s patron San Vicente Ferrer.
Inscribed in Spanish, it says:
“Castillo Des Vicen 11 Ferrer Cuesta Punta dela Cruzanon Ulo y Arbeldela de los Espa?oles Hasta Hoy y fe Venera ensu Pueblo de Maribohoc con Devocion del Santo Vi a Crucis A?o 1796”
“Castillo De San Vicente Ferrer in this Punta Cruz, whose title and tree of the Holy Cross from the conquest of the Spaniards until now, is venerated in this town of Malabojoc, with the veneration of the Holy via crucis year 1796.”
The tower watches over the seas south of Bohol facing the provinces of Siquijor, Cebu and Mindanao. It has an excellent view of the Bohol strait.
But after the 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake that happened in the morning of 15 October 2013, it is one of the historical structures in the province identified by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) that was damaged.
Right after the earthquake, the Bohol Heritage Task Force was created for the rehabilitation and restoration of heritage churches, cultural and historical properties in Bohol.
The restoration of the Punta Cruz Watchtower was completed this July 2016. You’ll get to enjoy again the magnificent view the watchtower offers! There’s a small area near it that you can have a picnic and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bohol Strait and nearby islands while munching your favorite snack.
For more information, contact Bohol Tourism Office at (038) 412-3666.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Tagbilaran (estimated cost of Php4200++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).
The municipality of Maribojoc is 14 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. From Tagbilaran, ride a bus plying to Tubigon at the Tagbilaran Integrated Bus Terminal located in Dao. Inform the driver to drop you off at Punta Cruz and walk about 500 meters to see the watchtower.