The Boso-Boso Church Ruins in Barangay San jose, Antipolo City is a newly restored church from the remnants of a Spanish-era, centuries-old church, which was destroyed during the Second World War. It stands amidst old stones, wild vines, and plants.
This is one of the many destinations listed in the Antipolo City website (http://www.antipolo.gov.ph/tourism.php). Seemed like an interesting attraction.
If one was to rely solely on the miscellaneous websites and blogs that mention the church, nowhere will you actually find directions. Luckily for me, I had a friend who knew where it was. It is actually quite simple. First of all, it is actually almost outside Antipolo on the fringe just before getting to Tanay. Next you need to find your way via Marcos Highway. Here are some simplified directions:
From the Masinag/Sumulong intersection, go straight via Marcos Highway until you see the Boso-Boso Highlands Resort on the left side. From there, around 2 kilometers, you will see a dirt road on the left marked with a big metal archway. Follow the winding road and exactly 2 kilomters from there you will reach the Boso-Boso Church on your left side.
The map below is an approximate location of the church.
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Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata
While typically listed as “ruins” in many websites and travel blogs, the church was restored by the parishioners in 1995 and actually holds regular Sunday mass. There is even a parish office to the left side of the church behind the belfry.
A brief history is listed on the plaque next to the door…
“First erected as a mission church of the Jesuits in the year 1700 and placed under the patronage of the Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata, its administration was transferred to the secular priests in 1768. Damaged by ab earthquake in June 18, 1880. Abandoned in 1930 to give way to the proposed construction of a dam. The townsfolk returned to Boso-boso when the construction of the dam did not happen. The church was damaged by fire in 1943 and was restored to its former state in 1995 through the generosity of parishioners.”
Fortunately, the church was open through a side door and we were able to go inside.
You will note the modernized metal roof. At least it is very tastefully done.
It’s a nice old church. I think they should stop referring to at as “ruins” because as you can see, in ruins it is not. It’s a nice cozy church. If you are little adventurous and want to veer off the normal path and discover a preserved antique church… I recommend the trip. This is classified “so worth it.”