Passi Church’s bells bells and bas relief

Passi Church in Iloilo is, unlike its counterparts like San Joaquin, Miag-ao and Molo lacks the intricacy of details or the height that identifies these churches. What it does have are just some minor bas relief details and massive buttresses. The current facade’s main entrance has the Augustinian order’s emblem at the center, just atop …

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A profusion of buttresses at Passi Church

Passi Church doesn’t have the appeal of, say Molo, with its soaring neogothic architecture and related details, nor the intricacies of the bas relief that make Miag-ao Church special. When one looks at it, the structure is squat and simple. But there’s one thing that readily catches one’s attention: buttresses. It might have been the …

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Passi’s Spanish colonial era church

The city of Passi, in the interior of Iloilo province has one of the oldest parishes in the country, having been established by the Augustinians under the protection of San Guillermo: The Augustinian Council held on August 29, 1590 accpeted “the convent of the tingues* de Passic as house of the Order.” – Angels in …

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Pitogo Church interior and extension structure

Pitogo Church is one of the interesting churches in Quezon province’s Bondoc Peninsula in terms of form with its semicircular pediment that is uncommon in the country. However, the interior has already been modernized with no trace of the old. Beside the church and at the presbytery area is an extension structure which is also …

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Pitogo Church roof and belfry

Although much of the interior of Pitogo Church has been renovated, there are still some old construction that can be found, if one knows where. While the exterior, both the front and side facades have some interesting details etched in stone, the upper parts of the church holds some surprises. First, as one gaze up …

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Front and side facade details of Pitogo Church

Pitogo Church is one of four heritage¬†churches in Quezon province’s Bondoc Peninsula¬†and is interesting in its not so usual form with its semicircular pediment. Unlike other churches that have elaborate details, this one is rather austere. The church facade has three levels that more or less follows the typical Philippine church facade: main portal flanked …

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The beautiful church of Pitogo

The town of Pitogo, a municipality in the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province used to be located along the Mayubok River in a what is now called Pinagbayanan and was established in 1754. Due to the frequent muslim slave raids, it was transferred to Cawayanin in 1760. But when the image of its patron, St. …

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Is this a watchtower or small fort in Pitogo, Quezon?

For a time, I’ve been documenting not only churches and cemeteries but also fortifications that include watcthowers and forts built during the Spanish colonial era across the country. While most watchtowers are built in circular or octagonal form like in Guimbal, Iloilo, there are also squares (Doong Island or Ambakon in Oslob, both in Cebu) …

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The rape of Iskong Bantay

Iskong Bantay is the lone watchtower left in Atimonan, Quezon. According to the historical marker, there used to be seven built in 1752 which served the town as a lookout and defense structure from muslim slave raiders who ravaged these parts, and most of the Philippines. READ MORE: Tea, trade and tears: the Muslim slave …

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The unique triangular watchtower of Guinsiliban

Across the Philippines, and especially in southeastern Cebu, there are watchtowers built during the Spanish colonial era in an effort to avert Muslim slave raiding that was rampant especially in the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 19th centuries. These served as lookouts that alerted the populace whenever there’s a sighting of …

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The three heritage watchtowers of Guimbal, Iloilo

The coastal municipality of Guimbal in Iloilo has three existing heritage watchtowers that were probably built in the 19th century as a defense against Muslim slave raiders who, from the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 19th centuries were the bane of many Philippine coastal communities from Luzon to Mindanao that time. …

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The forgotten cemetery perimeter fence of Quipayo

For many locals that I’ve asked around while in Calabanga, Camarines Sur, they say that the church in Quipayo, now part of this municipality, is the oldest in the province. While I have no data to support this one, there is, however, an interesting but forgotten structure in this barangay that is dangerously hanging on …

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Camaligan’s original catholic cemetery

Camaligan, a few kilometers outside of Naga City in Camarines Sur has an old cemetery just around 50 meters left of the church, along the highway. Built with bricks, it has a low lying perimeter fence with a beautiful but simple entrance arch. The chapel is modern but its function as a cemetery has long …

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