When in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People, there are a lot of historic sights and tourist destinations to choose from. Less than eight kilometers south of the city is the town of Bacong, the birthplace of Leon Kilat: Hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril, the hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril.
One of Bacong‘s important landmarks is its Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo which was built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1865. Its belfry is the highest in Negros Oriental and was used in the olden times as a watch tower against marauders. The church complex faces the Bohol Sea.
It is said the that the church complex is the best preserved in the province. But the church’s main draw is its pipe organ. In 1894, Father Joaquin Soriano installed the pipe organ which was made and imported from Zaragoza, Spain.
On November 5, 2001, the National Museum declared the Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo as a national cultural treasure. This was in pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 4846, as amended by Presidential Decree No. 374 and Republic Act No. 8492. The Bacong Church is also one of the 26 Spanish Colonial Era churches which is under the conservation project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.