Mindanao diggings show Recollect past PDF Print E-mail

Reconstruction of the ruins found in Karaang Jasaan.

An archaeological study done by a team from the National Museum of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Archeological studies program unearthed the ruins of a church built by  Recollect missionaries in Karaang Jasaan, Misamis Oriental in the 1870s.

The ruins were found on top of a hill overlooking the Macajalar Bay. The ruins were of a complex made up of a church with a hexagonal belfry, municipal ruins and a cemetery adjacent to church. Also found in the ruins were ceramics of Vietnamese ware and kitchen Qing ware.




The team was led by Leee M. Neri, a UP-ASP professor.

The Recollects founded Jasaan in 1723. The first parish priest assigned at Jasaan was Fr. Jose Casals, OAR, in 1834. The Recollects built a church made of lime in 1871 most probably done by Fray Ramon Cabas, OAR.

Meanwhile A. Paulita Roa in a column in Sun Star (Cagayan de Oro) noted that the same team led by Neri, whom she identified as the first Kagay-anon archaeologist, made an archaeological survey in the island of Camiguin in Northern Mindano in October of last year. She said that based on that initial survey there is a big possibility that more evidences can be unearthed about the Hispanic period in Camiguin. The Recollects came to Camiguin island in 1622 with Fray Miguel de Santa Maria as the first prior. The Recollects stayed in Camiguin for 200 years and founded the towns of Catarman, Sagay, Mambajao and Mahinog.

It is worth noting that in Mindanao, only two churches were chosen and declared as “Cultural Heritage Sites” by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) both of which were built by the Recollects. These are the church of San Juan Bautista in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental (Archdiocese of Ozamis) and that of La Inmaculada Concepcion in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental (Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro). The latter, however, is under contention because it was the original Jasaan church (Karaang Jasaan), uncovered lately by archaelogists, that was constructed by the Recollects, while the actual which is in the list of the NCAA was built much later by the Jesuits.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2011 12:52