History of Dimiao

The Municipality of Dimiao was founded on January 22 1769. It has a unique history that is rich in religious tradition and culture manifested by the 17th Century Church  and the mysterious Ermita Ruins.

Way back the late 1600’s, the neighboring towns of Lila and Valencia were used to be part of Dimiao for the Church of Dimiao was a major seat of religious authority which was also very influential to the civil government.

It was noted accordingly that Dimiao and Loay were used to be part of Loboc which was then the center of Spanish Authority. Thus, it was said that a big fortress used to stand Dimiao as an extension of the Spanish occupation wherein the Ermita Ruins is a part of. After some time, Dimiao and Loay separated from Loboc, and then later Lila and Valencia separated from Dimiao.

The presence of the Spanish occupation is so evident in the zoning structures of the old buildings which are all suggestive of the Spanish royal coat of arms. As mentioned earlier, a 17th century Stone Church stood in Dimiao, which is now serving as the town’s Cultural Center. Today’s Rural Health Center was another stone building during the said period.

Fr. Leon M. Inchausti and Fr. Jose M. Rada of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects (OAR), who were recently beatified priests by Pope John Paul II, were once assigned in the Parish of St. Nicholas de Tolentino of Dimiao, Bohol in the early 1700’s. The two were among the eight Martyrs of Motril who surrendered their lives for the Love of God. For such reason, Dimiao is proud to be part of the stories of these holy men. It is hoped that both of them will soon be sanctified as Saints of the Holy Church and that the seed of vocation which they sowed in the town may prosper and grow with the blessings of the Almighty.