The quadrilateral watchtower in Sumilon Island




In far off Sumilon Island, off the municipality of Oslob is a lone quadrilateral moro watchtower that has been a mute witness to the history of the place. This is part of the network of telegraphic watchtowers by Boljoon parish priest Fray Julian Bermejo that stretches from Carcar to Santander and was used as lookouts …

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The Banza Church ruins of Butuan City




When it comes to heritage churches, Mindanao can only show us a few structures sprinkled around the big island. There’s just a few Spanish colonial era churches. There are a few forts and some ruins, a cemetery and a few more watchtowers. But when I read online that there is a ruin of a belfry …

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The only remnant of Buhi’s heritage cemetery

The only remnant of Buhi;s heritage cemetery is this beautiful gate that has been converted into a chapel

The only remnant of Buhi;s heritage cemetery is this beautiful gate that has been converted into a chapel

The first time I saw this beautiful cemetery gate, and I was in awe. Quaint. Beautiful. Simple yet elegant. And it was just a few seconds before I realized that it was something that I have to come back to as the vehicle just passed by. At first, I didn’t know that it was the cemetery gate as the second time I passed by the cemetery of Buhi, it was different and I haven’t seen it. When I did return to Buhi for some photography work, I again passed by this heritage monument and just had to take a photo.

This is the only remnant of what used to be Buhi’s cemetery built during the Spanish colonial era. Gone are the walls and tombs and niches. The cemetery has transferred to another area near the lake and this area has been bought by a family and has been fenced. Although I was told that there was a plan to demolish this one, I’m glad that they didn’t. Instead, it has been sealed from behind and is now a chapel along the road.

The facade has interesting but small details in the form of bas reliefs at the capitals. There is also a pair of decorative acanthus (?) at its flanks. The gate is topped with a cross and a lamb.

Marker that already lost its text. What could have been written here?

Marker that already lost its text. What could have been written here?

Small detail at the flank of the gate

Small detail at the flank of the gate

Interesting details at the facade

Interesting details at the facade

Detail of the capitals with bas relief

Detail of the capitals with bas relief

Cross and lamb (?) atop the gate

Cross and lamb (?) atop the gate

Detail of one capital with bas relief

Detail of one capital with bas relief

San Andres’s former cemetery




The municipality of San Andres in Catanduanes has an abandoned heritage cemetery that is now empty except for the remaining walls made of mamposteria, rocks piled on top of one another, located in Barangay Wagdas. There is scant information about this structure and I don’t know when this was built and who built it except …

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Existing heritage structures in Dumangas’s cemetery




Dumangas in Iloilo has the distinction of being the first town the Spaniards set foot in Iloilo, as what Pedro Galende, OSA wrote in his book Angels in Stone. It also has one of the beautiful churches in the province, though neglected with many of the intricate and stunning carvings badly damaged. Around a hundred …

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Passi Church’s 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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