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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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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