Baclayon is in the eastern part of Bohol. It is the first municipality to be established in Bohol by the Spaniards and formerly comprised its present territory and those belonging now to Corella, Sikatuna, Alburquerque and Balilihan. This municipality was originally called Bacayan because travellers used to detour (bacay) around a rocky cliff along the shore about half kilometer from the municipal building in order to avoid going over the top of the cliff.

The town was founded in 1595 by two Jesuit priests, Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez who also built a stone church which is now considered as the oldest stone church in the country.

Top things to do in Baclayon

Visit the La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church

Baclayon Church, founded by the Jesuit priests in 1596, is the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol and the second oldest church in the Philippines.

It was partially damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 15, 2013 but was fully restored the following years with the efforts of the provincial government and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Explore the Baclayon Museum

Located adjacent to the Baclayon Church, the museum houses various religious artifacts and other historical items that showcase the rich culture and history of the town.

Take a day trip to Pamilacan Island

Located just off the coast of Baclayon, Pamilacan Island is a beautiful tropical paradise. Visitors can go snorkeling or scuba diving to see the island’s vibrant coral reefs and colorful marine life, or take a boat tour to spot dolphins and whales.



Sites Information

Immaculate Conception Parish
and Baclayon Museum

Address: Baclayon, 6301 Bohol
Contact Number: (038) 540-9176
Baclayon Tourism Address: Baclayon, Bohol
Contact Person: Maria Teresa A. Indick
Contact Number: 09178971623
Email Address:


Nearby Places

Tagbilaran City