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 meters path from the highway. When I arrived at the cemetery gates, I was in for a surprise.
The old Catholic cemetery of Tigbauan still retained it’s old stone fence. Although the condition is not good. Where the pillars of the old entrance used to stand has been supplanted with a cement one. Only the left portion of the fence is still visible as the other side has been blocked by tombs.
When I entered and proceeded to the cemetery chapel, I thought it was a modern one: newly painted, with a long portico at the front, iron grills… But when I looked closely and especially the unpainted/uncovered sides and back, it was made from a combination of coral, sandstone and bricks just above the windows. It was unusually quite small too.
The cemetery chapel has a triangular pediment with a cross-like bas relief at the middle. The facade’s corners have columns topped with a pointed finial. It has two recdtangular windows in front and a pair each side. At the facade’s center is the entrance with a lunette at the top.
Inside is an altar with a bas relief of two crosses flanking a skull and cross-bone. Above it is a what looks like the eucharist. Above it is an info about the chapel in Ilonggo. It reads:
GINPATINDOG INI NGA KAPILYA SANG BULAN SANG FEB. TUIG 1908. GINPABUHAT INI NI PADRE MONTINOLA KAG GIN GASTUHAN NI DONYA MAESTRA TANA-AWA ISLAWA TONOGBANUA.
ANG DUTA SANG PATYO NGA INI, GINDUNAR NYA MAN.
It translates to:
This chapel was built on February 1908. It was constructed by Fray Montinola and was financed by Donya Maestra Tana-awa Islawa Tonogbanua. This land was also donated by her.
Starting with this post, I am now including heritage but post-Spanish colonial churches and related structures.