Amlan’s long neglected watchtower in ruins




History wasn’t really so good for coastal communities in Negros Oriental, like many coastal communities for most of Visayas, Bicol, Palawan and Northern Mindanao. During the height of the Muslim slave raiding which reached its peak in the early 19th century, several towns were pillaged and townsfolks sent to be sold in the slave market …

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The lost small fort of Carmen in Cebu




Lost in the row of houses in Barangay Luyang in Carmen, Cebu is a small fort that, unfortunately has been ruined and almost obliterated as vegetation and human habitation has overun this structure. Well, except for a section of the walls and a part of the watchtower. Cebu was one of the hardest hit areas …

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The cemetery chapel ruins of San Pablo




The municipality of San Pablo in Isabela used to be the capital of Cagayan province. And for this, it has the oldest church in the province, dating to the 17th century and has the tallest bell tower in Cagayan Valley. However, the current church has been in ruins with the nave without a roof. The …

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The ruined Fort Almonte in Lanao del Norte




The island of Mindanao has always been a problem for the Spanish colonial governement. Although it was able to establish towns and build churches, it’s authority has always been challenged not only by the Muslims who raided its pueblos for the slave markets in Batavia and then in Sulu, but also by indigenous peoples who …

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Interior of San Fernando Church, Cebu




There is not much to see inside the San Fernando Church in Cebu today due to renovations done to its interior in 1972. This was probably due to the effects of Vatican 2 which closed in 1965. I’m not sure if the original is cruciform but basing on the archival photo in the introductory post, …

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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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