Parish Church of Saint James the Apostle of Badian

Official Name: St. James the Apostle Parish[1]

Classification Status: Classified Historic Structures (covering all Colonial Churches and other Houses of Worship, per NHCP Res. No. 3, s. 1991)[1]

Town or City: Badian

Santiago Apostol Church is an old Roman Catholic Church that is located in Badian, a southern town in the province of Cebu. It is also referred to as St. James the Apostle Church and Badian Church.[2]

Badian Church was established as a parish on August 26, 1825. It used to be part of the parish of Barili.[2]

Badian Church’s facade has a pair of rectangular columns flanked with pilasters by the cavernous hall of its portico. Its entrance to the interiors is recessed with a wide arch portal of its puerta mayor. The pediment contains a relief of a symbol of the patron, rises to an acroterium topped with a cross in its apex, and in the corners are pinnacles of the pillars. Its cornices are tapered and delineated.

Flanking the portico are square windows with openwork and finial on the roof. The upper register forms a half-gable that rises up to the capital of the pilaster of the entrance. The belfry used to be located at the apex of the pediment atop the portico. It was removed to free the columns from the load. It is now located in a bell tower erected in the gospel side, a three-level structure with open arches and red roof.[2]