Lazi Church is one of the oldest churches in the island of Siquijor and right beside it is an equally old and silent convent. The church is also known as the San Isidro Labrador Parish.
The San Isidro Labrador Parish church was built in stone and hardwood by Filipino artisans. The church was finished in 1884 and the church bell a year after.
Until now, it still holds mass and sometimes the priest takes you at the convent for a tour.
Inside the convent, there’s a museum where you only have to pay for a minimal fee of about Php20 each. The museum contains very old religious artifacts and antiques like an old friar’s diary, wood-carved saints and other 19th century items. But take note, taking pictures are not allowed.
The first level of the convent was made of stone walls with a u-shape structure while the second level was made of panels and wood studs.
The Lazi Convent is said to be the largest and oldest convent in Asia.
How to Get There
Going to Siquijor, you need to book a flight from Manila going to Dumaguete. From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes).
Siquijor is just a short ferry ride from Dumaguete city. Delta Fast Ferries is the main ferry that operates the Dumaguete-Siquijor route (estimated cost of Php200++, one-way, 45 minutes). You can also get Oceanjet Ferry (Php350++, one-way, 45 minutes) or Weesam Express.
From the port of Siquijor, you can take a tricycle or a jeepney going to the Lazi Church and Convent.