The Panglao Day Tour has many interesting features, from culture to nature and back. Many reasons to book this amazing tour.
During the Panglao Day Tour you will visit the church “Miracle Water” or “Our Lady of the Assumption“, which is the official name of the church. The present church (The 5th on this place) is founded by Fr. Diego de Ayala and Fr. Joseph Gregorio of the Jesuit order in 1863. The church was built in a variety of styles, influenced by Neo-Gothic and Neo-Classic architecture. On the ceiling inside the church are wonderful paintings made by Ray Francia and Canuto Avila in 1916. It was only in 1970 where Lito Arraya renovated the building.
Hinagdanan Cave is one of the other stops during your Panglao Day Tour.
Hinagdanan Cave is one the most interesting place in Panglao Island. Hinagdanan Cave is a small grotto with beautiful rock formations and a crystal clear underground lake surrounded by Stalactites and stalagmites. There are stairs from the entrance, so it is very easy to go inside the cave although the floor can be slippery.
The underground lake is very popular for swimming in its 25 degree Celcius water (same temperature of the Mag Aso Falls pool), however you have to pay PhP 100 extra for this refreshing pleasure.
Next to the lake, Hinagdanan Cave has some interesting features. There is natural light inside the cave due to numerous holes in the ceiling. The cave is also a favorite nesting place for swallows. That is the reason that the entrance door is closed with a mesh, for visitor’s safety. When you are in the cave, make sure you do some exploration. Not many visitors do that, so you have a good chance to do this undisturbed.
One of the most spectacular places you will visit during your Panglao Day Tour is the Shell Museum. All the shells you will find inside the museum is owned and collected over a period more than 30 years by Mr. Quirino Hora. In fact, there are already two sea shells named after him. The first shell, named Bursa Quirihorai, was discovered in 1987 and the second was in 1994, named Primovula Horai and both these shells were discovered in Panglao.
The Shell Museum has one of the biggest shell collections is the world and contains many very rare and valuable shells (what to think of a 7mm large shell that can easily be sold for more than $1,000?).
Duration: 6-8 hours
Prices: Php 4,000/vehicle
Entrance fees: PhP 300/person
Panglao Church (The church of St. Augustine) stands on the southwestern side of Panglao Island with its back towards the sea and is the second church you visit on your Panglao Day Tour. In addition to the massive stone church which is clearly of Spanish-time vintage, you can see, across the spacious plaza, other landmarks of Spain’s occupation: the watch tower, said to be the tallest of its kind in the Philippines( (where the largest one can be found in Maribojoc, Bohol) and the old municipal building and school houses made of huge stone blocks.
The construction of this church is a story on its own. Rev. Fr. Valentin Utande, a Recollect, started building this church in 1894 up to 1897 when he was transferred to another parish. Two other Spanish priests, Rev. Fr. Eugenio Gil and Rev. Fr. Pedro Jimenez continued the construction slowly until 1898 when the Filipino revolution against Spanish authority broke out. The construction was abandoned as there were no more Spanish priests assigned in Panglao.
In 1912, Rev. Fr. Emiliano Veloso was assigned parish priest and he continued the construction with the whole-hearted cooperation of the church leaders, town officials, and residents of Panglao. A greater part of the nave was done in 1920, and by 1924, even if still unfinished, a 4-day inauguration affair was scheduled, with Bishop Juan B. Gorordo of Cebu celebrating the Inaugural Mass and Blessing on Sunday, August 31, 1924.