Wow! Big and rustic old! Uncommon in Eastern Visayas!
Honestly, seeing this church, I almost thought I was in Cebu, Iloilo or Bohol. And if looks could be the basis, I would rather be. This is a church where fortunately the the parish priests that came by all these ages were not so ‘atrevida’ as to smooth out the external walls with cement and paint them pink or blue! I can dare tell you, this has been the case of many churches in Leyte and Samar. I should know, I have seen most of them by now. Basey, in Samar is another such exception that would seem a brother church of this one in Baybay. All the rest? Ah, I will tell later!
I resorted to the ever reliable world wide web instead. There! I saw just by using google that Baybay was the first town on the western side of Leyte thriving as early as the 1600s with Abuyog on the eastern side. Baybay was created by the Spaniards as a parish in the 1800s with this church (or probably its predecessor structure) constructed in 1852 and finished only in 1870. Wala pa kasi PDAF in those times, and our pagka-gahaman we inherited from those Spanish friars who had their own personal objectives as it is today, kaya pag-pasensyahan na hehe!
Nice one ‘no?! Now let’s go elsewhere. The city hall kaya? Ok next!