Still in Boljoon, what looks like an old mansion ia actually the old Augustinian school for the residents of Boljoon. Here boys and girls are indoctrinated in the teaching of the Catholic church.
I tried to get inside but it was locked. This elevated brown casa is right beside the church. A really an interesting structure. Its archuitecture is something that I’ve never seen before.
Its unfortunate that the official website of Boljoon describes the old learning institution as, “building which is the remnant of Spanish bigotry”, leyenda negra against even the most remarkable contributions of the missions are being attacked by the very people who runs the cultural office. These people should know better. The website continued, “ in this ESCUELA CATOLICA building. At the early part of the American regime, the Augustinian parish priests in Boljoon intimidated the parishioners that parents who would send their children to the American school would be excommunicated. Later, the Augustinians gradually relaxed their bigotry and the ESCUELA CATOLICA building was mainly to house candidates for the First Holy Communion from the upland barangays who have no families in the Poblacion”, this is factual since the Catholic Fathers was of course loyal to the traditions that they felt was effective, but the tide has changed by then that it was only a matter of time before the public schools of the Americanos would finally reorient all of us. Their reaction was to be expected, especially during the years of the American occupation. Just like the church’s opposition against introducing the novels of Rizal to school, such resistance would not be complied with since the church no longer have the political power it once had.
According to the municipal datos the town is almost exclusively Catholic, the “bigotry”, as the Boljoon website denotes “strained” the town to yield to the Catholic faith. It failed to conclude the obvious. That the Missionaries (Augustinians) produced this state of affair where it became a farming and fishing town capable of sustaining its own local government. The fact that the town has remained Catholic is important and merits historical consideration. It meant that it still is directly linked to its Catholic foundation. If we stripped the town of its customs and traditions which are fundamentally drawn from old Catholic practices, the town would cease to be the historic Boljoon that we know now.