A simple art deco style church in Sigma

The first time I saw the facade of Sigma Church in Capiz, I was quite surprised. Never did I expect that a church in the Philippines will be built in the art deco architectural style. But perhaps, it was just time that I will finally see one. The edifice was built in the 1940s, based …

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The simborio of Plaridel’s original cemetery

It is a bit hard to find. All I told the tricycle driver was to bring me to Simborio, near the old catholic church of Plaridel in Bulacan. He knows the place as, probably, a sitio’s name, a locality but didn’t actually know that it used to be a cemetery with only the simborio or …

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Finally, Oslob Church is whole again!

Last Maundy Thursday, 17 April 2014, me and my family made the visita iglesia down the southeast of Cebu and it was an opportunity for me to visit once again Oslob Church. I’m happy to say that, from what I saw, the church, which was gutted by fire last 26 March 08 is whole again. …

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Updates on Carcar and Sibonga Churches

Part of the churches that we visited during Maundy Thursday last 17 April’s visita iglesia I was able to photograph developments in the churches of Carcar and Sibonga which also suffered damages from the 15 October 2013 earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol. Below are notes. Carcar Church Carcar Church had its left belfry badly …

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Update on Dalaguete Church earthquake damage

During Maundy Thursday, 17 April, me and my family did the visita iglesia down southeast of Cebu and it was an opportunity to check the churches damaged by the earthquake of 15 October. The San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish Church in Dalaguete is one of the badly damaged churches with major cracks at the facade …

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The old cemetery walls of Tobias Fornier

It’s kind of creepy, reading the inscription infront of the entrance arch of Tobias Fornier (formerly Dao) Catholic cemetery in Antique. It reads: Kami Karon – Kamo Dason From the Karay-a language, it means: It’s now us, yours will be soon. But other than that, I just fell in love with the existing cemetery walls …

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Visita Iglesia: Spanish era churches in Mindanao

Mindanao has always been a frontier of the colonizing Spaniards, always a challenge to her 300 year colonization in the Philippines. It’s not only the terrain that hampered her efforts but the proud and fierce Muslims as well as several tribes who have refused to be cowed under her flag through the sword and the …

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The quaint cemetery chapel of Tigbauan

The cemetery is about one kilometer from the church, just along the highway. I wasn’t expecting much as Tigbauan hasn’t been listed as one with a grand cemetery chapel just like the ones found in San Joaquin, Miag-ao (now in ruins), Janiuay, Cabatuan or Dingle. It is located at a hill with around a hundred …

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Earthquake damage on Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the structures that were affected by the Cebu-Bohol earthquake of October 15. Although the damages were assessed to be superficial, mostly cracks at the belfry and facade only. The present structure was only constructed in the 19th century and finished in the early years of the 20th. The …

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