In the rustic town of Guinsay, some 15 minutes east of Danao, I hopped on a motorbike to reach the Durano Foundation Church, more officially called St. Anthony of Padua Church, which I followed from a lead I read while researching about Danao. Not much is written about it. But the church hosts hundreds of busts of the Roman Catholic Church's well revered Popes from eras long forgotten.
The town itself yawns like it has been in hibernation for eons and promises never to make a squeak. It is a long way from Cebu City proper to Danao: a two-hour immensely uncomfortable V-hire ride (vans converted to mini-buses in Cebu and in Davao) from the SM City Cebu terminal.
I have to warn people about the V-hire because waiting for it to fill cuts so much into your time. I arrived at the terminal at 7 AM and it wasn't until 8:30 when the vehicle finally pulled out of the terminal. Greed mostly takes over these drivers and operators because what has a capacity of 10 won’t depart until 15 souls fit into its space. In fact, the waiting is almost longer than the trip itself. If you can find a bus or a jeep, take them because they are more comfortable - and way cheaper too!
From Danao, I found a guy on a motorbike who agreed to take me to Guinsay for P50. The ride was short and the town was pleasant. Guinsay is one of the 42 barangays of Danao, a third class city known for producing guns. It has a population of roughly 120,000.
|St. Marcus is the one in the foreground. He was a Roman who was consecrated pope in January 18, 336 during the reign of Constantine the Great.|
|The Nativity (above and below)|
|A pond at the back of the compound.|
|The entrance to the church is at the back of the compound away from the highway.|