San Fernando de Cebu’s neogothic church




The Parish of San Isidro Labrador in San Fernando town, Cebu was established as an independent parish by the Augustinians through diocesan decree on 19 June, 1858 with Fray Fernando Sanchez as the first parish priest. The present church was designed by Fernando Escondrillas, Spanish architect and engineer who drew the plans for the church …

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Mandaue City’s Bantayan sa Hari




The Bantayan sa Hari (translated to “King’s watchtower”) in Mandaue City sits rather awkwardly at its location overlooking the Mactan Channel in Brgy. Looc surrounded by unrelated structures and almost choked out of existence. In the early 19th century, when it was probably built, it was forlorn yet majestic, guarding the mouth of a key …

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Dupax del Sur’s horno is now a garbage pit




Like most heritage structures that are not churches and buildings, those lumped under others, are usually just taken for granted, neglected and left to the elements. These structures like watchtowers, cemetery perimeter fences and chapels and kilns almost always suffer the same fate. Unless its so good looking like the San Joaquin cemetery complex with …

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Tuguegarao City’s long neglected horno




If one visits the Cagayan Valley, one readily discovers the prevalent use of bricks as building materials of many Spanish colonial era structures. From churches to houses to government buildings. Its beautiful red hue gives it its own charm as one can see in the awe inspiring Tumauini Church in Isabela. Of course, if there …

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The half buried Camposanto de Bacolor




Bacolor is one of the oldest and historic towns not only in Pampanga but also in the country. It was established by the Augustinians in 1575, was the capital of Pampanga for two centuries and was the base of the Spanish colonial government during the British invasion of Manila in 1762-1764. The eruption of Mt. …

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Interior of Pavia’s romanesque church




Pavia Church in Iloilo City is one of the province’s beautiful churches. While much of the exterior is intact, although there have been newer bricks at some sections, the interior has been altered so much. Finished in the last decade of the 19th century, the structure was burned, like many other churches in Iloilo, by …

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The old and massive horno of Camalaniugan




Camalaniugan town in the province of Cagayan is known as having the oldest bell in the Southeast, the Sta. Maria which was cast in 1595. But several meters from the present church is a massive, undated heritage structure that goes back to the Spanish colonial era. It is the horno, or brick oven. In the …

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