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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The perimeter fence of Baclayon’s old cemetery

The cemetery of Baclayon is located about a hundred meters from the back of the church, at a hilly incline and is one of a very few existing Spanish colonial era cemeteries in Bohol. It is known as kuta, referring to the stone fence and which, according to Ricky Jose, in his book, Visita Iglesia …

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The old cemetery of Daraga

The province of Albay in Bicol has its own share of interesting old cemetery architecture with the cemetery chapel in Tabaco City, one of the most beautiful in the country. Closer to Legazpi City, the town of Daraga has its share. It’s located around 400 meters from the hill where the old parish church is …

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Piddig’s Sta. Ana church decommissioned

In a news article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Sta. Ana parish church in Piddig, Ilocos Norte has been decommissioned due to deteriorating structural integrity. Engineering experts from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts declared the edifice as unfit for occupancy. The last mass was held last 14 September led by Laoag …

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Dauis watchtower after the October 2013 earthquake

The devastating 15 October 2013 affected both Bohol and Cebu with the former suffering heavy damage. In preparation for our launched coffeetable book, Pagsulay, I was able to visit Bohol in November 2013. Although Dauis church sustained heavy damage, the Dauis watchtower has sustained cracks and some dislodged stone pieces. READ MORE: The Dauis watchtower …

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16 lost churches in Cebu, Iloilo, Antique, Bohol and Leyte

The Philippines has a good number of Spanish colonial era churches especially in the Visayas. However, there have been a number of these structures that have been lost over time due to several factors like earthquakes, war, typhoons, natural deterioration and human intervention. This compilation, although not as exhaustive is an attempt to show what …

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The Dauis watchtower of 1774

A few meters off the left nave of the present Dauis (Bohol) Church (built starting 1863 and is the fifth church edifice) is an old hexagonal watchtower, older than the former structure. Rather short, the top affords a good view of the sea and it guarded Dauis from muslim slave raiders that ravaged the Visayas …

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The Sto. Nino Kiosk undergoes strengthening

The 15 October 2013 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu affected several churches and structures, including the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, some with devastating results. One of those hit but sustained minor damage is the Sto. Nino Kiosk, popularly known as the Magellan’s Cross. When I first visited it several days after the earthquake, …

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The beautiful brick church of Caramoan

The parish church of St. Michael the Archangel is one of the beautiful churches in Camarines Sur. Made almost entirely of brick, its red color makes it stand out the moment you pass by the church grounds. It’s a long rectangular structure with an elegant facade topped with a belfry. I’m not really sure when …

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