The middle of the 18th to mid 19th century was not a good time for much of the coastal towns especially in the Visayas. Slave raiding by the Iranuns commissioned by the Sulu Sultanate devastated much of these communities. It was in this circumstances that the town of Catmon in the province of Cebu was founded at its original site, aptly called Catmondaan, or Old Catmon.
Catmon was founded by the Augustinian Recollects and was a visita of Danao until it was established as a separate parish under the patronage of St William the Hermit in 1835. The first parish priest was the Recollect Fray Manuel de San Pascual who is creidted with building the first church in Catmondaan.
The site is strategic, being located atop a hill with good views of the sea. However, for reasons that have not been established, as far as what I read from my sources, it was eventually abandoned, after Fr. Miguel left, in favor of another site, where the present church and convent, including ruins of the Escuela Catolica were built.
Today, what remains are the ruins of a watchtower overlooking the sea with an attached high wall. A low wall is also built within the grounds while outlines of a rubble construction might have been a quarter or even the unfinished church itself. The fort grounds is now the location of the barangay elementary school.