A Little Intramuros
The first mention of Dalaguete dates back June 23, 1599 as per records of the Private Council of the Augustinians, when it was made a visita, (together with Simara [sic], Argao, Cabayan [sic], Boljoon, Julisan, Oslob, and Tañon), of the newly-created vicarage of Sialo (now Carcar). The next mention of Dalaguete was in an October 31, 1690 proceedings of the Augustinian Congress held in Manila, excerpts of which said in part, “…Thereby, having been proposed by the Father Provincial (Fray Francisco de Zamora) that Carcar be divided due to its growth both in area and in the number of its parishioners; it shall be thus divided: That the capital of Carcar, St Catherine with the barrios of Simara, Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Cabayan, Mambahi, and Juisan [sic] shall be considered one independent town and parish…”
Then in the early 1700’s, so goes the local tradition, village chiefs, Manoktok of Obong and Cogo of Tapon, agreed to lay a communal venue for religious worship at an area in Unab, (the present day Poblacion). Presumably acting on the appeal, then Bishop of Cebu, Msgr. Pedro Sanz de la Vega approved the establishment in 1711 of a pueblo under the tutelage of San Guillermo de Aquitania, in honor of the warrior-hermit-saint of the Order of Saint William, (one of the groups that were incorporated in the Grand Union of 1256 to become the Order of Saint Augustine, the bishop’s congregation). However, historical amnesia ruthlessly restricted us to trace back the assigned parish priests of Dalaguete only as early as July 14, 1798 during the tenure of Fray Manuel Cordero. Definitely, there were earlier parish priests before him that were assigned in Dalaguete.
Meanwhile, the building of the church started some few years later under Fray Juan Chacel and upon consultation with then Boljoon parish priest and his eventual successor, Fray Julian Bermejo. The church structure was not ordinary, for alongside the churches of Argao, Boljoon, and Oslob, it served as a fortress that merged with the above-said three churches to form a larger fortress that would provide a defense system against invaders, and a safe haven for the inhabitants, during assaults. The church complex used to be surrounded by a thick wall of coral stones, and outside of it, by the shore, stood a watchtower armed with a cannon, by now renovated and popularly known as the Kiosko. The present day convent on the other hand was completed in 1832 under Fray Bernardo Giganto while the San Guillermo Church Belfry was erected in 1854 upon instructions of Fray Juan Alonzo.
Upon the establishment of Santa Monica Parish in Cawayan on April 12, 1952 and the San Isidro Labrador Parish in Mantalongon on February 4, 1958, San Guillermo Parish now only include Balud, Caliongan, Consolacion, Coro, Jolomaynon, Manangal, Obo, Obong, Poblacion, Sacsac and Tapon.