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Antipolo Attractions: Old Boso Boso Church

Last May 09, 2015, when we decided to went to an old church at Antipolo named Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata Parish or popularly known as Boso Boso Church via our mighty ride zuki. Actually, it was my idea to go there since I fell in love with it the moment I saw it online. The church is situated at Old Boso-Boso, Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines.

Boso Boso Church
Boso Boso Church - Facade

According to wikipedia:
The first church was built as a mission church by the Franciscan missionaries sometime in the late 16th to early 17th century. The Jesuits eventually took over the mission there in the 17th century who began constructing a new church made of stone and brick, It was turned over to the seculars in 1768 when the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines.
In 1880, an earthquake caused significant damage to the church. Owing to the dwindling population in the area, the damaged portions of the church were not rebuilt.

In 1930, the Americans planned to build a dam in Boso Boso, Thus, the remaining inhabitants were ordered to resettle elsewhere. The dam project was eventually abandoned due to a discovered earthquake fault line, yet the people did not return until the time of the Japanese occupation. Even then, whatever that was left of the church was subsequently burned down by the Japanese, leaving only the lower portion of the original church facade intact.

As the area was eventually resettled, administration of the parish was taken over by the Camillian order in 1986 who helped organize the restoration of the church. Restoration was completed in 1995, preserving the original remaining façade of the old church with the rebuilt portions built as close as possible to the simple, sparse architecture of the old structure.

Boso Boso Church Historical Marker
church historical marker
When I saw the church personally, I felt really captivated and it was like going back to old times. I totally love it - the church facade, the altar, the giant trees, the community around the church, and the fresh air. I must say that it is one of the worthy places to visit in Antipolo. I wish we could go back there again soon.

Boso Boso Church Big tree
Big three beside the church

Boso Boso Church Altar
church altar
saint statue at the side of the church
side entrance of church

Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church
(popularly known as Boso-Boso Church)
Sitio Old (Lower) Boso-Boso, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal
Tel. No.: 401-4951