Vito Church in Sagay City

Vito is a barrio in Sagay which was used to be known as Narvaez. It was later renamed Vito. Vito Church in Sagay City is the Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer. The church was established during the religious administration of Negros by the Recollect Friars. The first Recollect missionaries were assigned in Vito in 1898 but the church and convent was constructed only in the 1930s.

The religious tradition of palapak is still being practiced at Vito Church. The base of a small statue of St. Vincent Ferrer is lightly pressed on the head of a devotee. Thus it’s called palapak, taken from the word lapak, Hiligaynon meaning “to step on”.

According to the book Handurawan: Visita Iglesia Negros y Recoletos, a fisherfolk named Juan Barco found a driftwood in Molocaboc Island. He originally wanted to use it as firewood but after several signs and miracles given to him by a saint, he decided to carve an image out of the driftwood. This image was later identified to be St. Vincent Ferrer.

The old wooden image of San Vicente Ferrer at Vito Church is said to have miraculous healing powers. This is the reason why every Friday especially the first Friday of the month, devotees flock to Vito Church as part of their panaad (religious vow).

Barangay Vito is a bustling fishing village along the coast of Sagay City facing Molocaboc Island. The best time to go there is on the first Friday of the month so you can witness the old tradition being practiced.

While in the area, don’t miss to hire a boat to take you to Molocaboc Island and Carbin Reef.

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  1. helen turla says

    my ancestral came fr vito , sagay neg occ CANOY-REQUIRON family i was lil’ girl went i went to vito town fiesta May 1…. may be i was 6yrs old at that time my lolo Nemisio Requiron accompanied me and the group of there town fiesta. long time i didn’t able to visit again my ancestral home were my other great grand lolo fr my mother side were once a mayor in Viito LOLO PAULINO CANOY ,,,hopefully, i will visit our dearest VITO .

  2. Ricky says

    Naalala ko pa ang pag punta ko dito, pero sayang hindi ko nakita ang cave sa ilalim ng simbahan na ‘to, sa mga sabisabi ko lang narinig na may cave sa ilalim at dito kinukuha ang holy water at ang cave daw na ito ay may bantay na sawa, hindi ko lang masyado ini-intindi kasi hindi ko nakita ‘nong nag punta kami dito, hindi ko alam kong totoo ba ang mga sabi-sabi.

    • Glady says

      Interesting. I’m not aware of this story. Will try to ask around to validate this story. If this is true then this is something that I want to see for myself also. 😀

  3. Edwin Gatia says

    could ANYBODY there please FIND OUT some information on the EXACT year that the Church of Vito was founded by the Recollects??…

    • Glady says

      Sir Edwin, according to the book Handurawan published in 2006, the first missionaries were assigned in Vito in 1898 but also left the same year when the revolution broke out.

  4. says

    problema namo dia nami cebu unya gusto sa ako bana makuha iya baptismal cert diha sa sn vicente ferrer iya name christopher tanoy cuison unsaon man namo pagkuha iya baptisma diha pls help………….

  5. jovelynn gonzales says

    kami ngaun ay kasalukuyang nakatira d2 sa olongapo city.,d2 sa church na ito nabinyagan yung mother ko..problema nmin ay kung papano makakuha ng baptismal certificate d2?hndi mafile ng mother ko ung sss pension nya dhil nid ng baptismal…dpat 1 yr and 5 mons. na nagpe-pension mother ko…gs2 ko nmin umuwi d2 sa lugar na to pra ayusin ,kya lang problema nmin pera.wla nmn kontak mother ko sa kamag-anak nya d2.,sna me paraan si Lord na ma2lungan kmi…

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      pkibigay mo yng pangalan ng nanay mo at adres sa olongapo gagawa ako ng paraan matulungan ka ito yng no. ko 09214662000

  6. says

    I remember when I was a kid, my mother brought me to Vito Church every six months, on a Friday, to have a “palapak kay San Vicente”. The church was full of people, even outside, like a fiesta. I would kneel and the man holding the statue of San Vicente placed the statue on my head for about 2 – 3 seconds, and then my mother would utter a silent prayer. Even now, I still respect that religious tradition in Vito Church.

    • Glady says

      A lot of people from other places go to Vito church for the palapak. Those with a panaad has been doing it for decades. It’s a small church but continues to draw devotees because of the miraculous saint.