Samboan is a quiet little town located along the southwestern coast of Cebu. The name of the town is derived from the word “sinamboang,” which is a ritual dance that was once performed by the people in the area. While the town has numerous natural tourist spots, it also has some historically-significant structures. These structures include the St. Michael the Archangel Church, Campanario de Antigua, and the Escala de Jacobe or Jacob’s Ladder.
Jacob’s Ladder is a 147-step ladder leading to the Samboan Church. The church was built on a plateau located around 65 meters from sea level. The stairway was built in 1878 to make it easier for parishioners living in the coastal area to attend mass at the church. It was built on the orders of Fr. Torebio Gerzon, who was the parish priest at that time. Jacob’s Ladder is made out of lime and flat stones and was built at the side of the hill.
You can reach Jacob’s Ladder by getting on a bus headed for Samboan at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Once you reach the town, the ladder is located close to the parish church of the town.
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