Existing heritage structures in Dumangas’s cemetery

The entrance arch and gate devoid of any inscriptions or bas reliefs. Note the filled in white material.

The entrance arch and gate devoid of any inscriptions or bas reliefs. Note the filled in white material.

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 meters from the back of the church is the small cemetery with its arched entrance gate and most of the fence intact. Compared to the grand cemeteries of San Joaquin, Janiuay, Dingle and many others, this, in contrast, is simple. The entrance gate has no decorations or bas relief but just a brick and coral stone structure. The same with the low fence with one section breached to give access to the expansion of the cemetery area.

There is no existing old chapel. most of the niches and sepulchers are also modern except for quite a few that may be early 20th century.

How the arch looks like from below. Notice the filled in bricks. No trace of the wooden lintel, if there was such in the original.

How the arch looks like from below. Notice the filled in bricks. No trace of the wooden lintel, if there was such in the original.

Back portion of the only entrance arch

Back portion of the only entrance arch

Fence as seen from the front, side of entrance arch

Fence as seen from the front, side of entrance arch

Back fence showing details, clockwise from top right: piedra bituca, rocks and other like materials as fillers, wall finishing of combined coral stone and bricks and how the fence looks like from a distance

Back fence showing details, clockwise from top right: piedra bituca, rocks and other like materials as fillers, wall finishing of combined coral stone and bricks and how the fence looks like from a distance

Left and right, portion of the wall that was breached to give way to a path that leads to the expansion of the cemetery area

Left and right, portion of the wall that was breached to give way to a path that leads to the expansion of the cemetery area

One of the few interesting sepulchers inside the cemetery

One of the few interesting sepulchers inside the cemetery

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