Inang-angan Steps, Loon, form a gateway between Moto (uptown) and Napo (downtown). Constructed between 1847 - 1849, under the directions of Father Antonio Yus, the then parish priest.
This Grand Stairway was originally made out of coral stone, carved into blocks by local residents. A total of 174 steps spread over 4 flights form this picturesque and still vital link between upper and lower Loon.
There is a fifth flight of stairs (38 steps) leading off the main stairway. These once led to what was then the Convent, now Sacred Heart Academy.
Every September a celebration to reenact the arrival of the image of Our Lady "Kasilak" from Butuan to Loon takes place. The Inang-angan Stairway comes to life in a vibrant display of color (see pictures below) as the "Kasilak" is carried in a parade to the Church in upper Loon.
Standing at the top of the stairway you are afforded a spectacular view of Napo and the old wharf “Tulay” and the Island of Cebu across the Bohol/Cebu Straits.
Rich mangrove forests flank either side of this jetty, at high tide schools of small fish are clearly visible swimming in the waters below. Glancing back towards town you will see the majestic mountains surrounding Loon.
Loon is often overlooked by day tour packages and at present is not in my opinion that geared up for a tourist invasion. It does however offer a glimpse into a past steeped in history and a great place to visit and explore.
The staircase is not in the best condition, due in part to lack of funding and general lack of appreciation of the historical importance of many sites in and around Bohol.
National Government, local officials and the Department of Tourism, need to realize that Tourism in Bohol means so much more than Chocolate Hills, a small monkey and white sandy beaches.
Inang-angan Steps are certainly worth a visit and is a fantastic place to sit and watch the sun setting, forming a romantic backdrop to end a beautiful day.
Loon is around 25km NW of Tagbilaran City. The road in places hugs the shore line, offering great scenic views of the Bohol Straits and Island of Cebu.
Loon lies along the main route to Tubigon and as such is very accessible using public transport (busses and jeepneys) from Tagbilaran City.