The first time I saw this beautiful cemetery gate, and I was in awe. Quaint. Beautiful. Simple yet elegant. And it was just a few seconds before I realized that it was something that I have to come back to as the vehicle just passed by. At first, I didn’t know that it was the cemetery gate as the second time I passed by the cemetery of Buhi, it was different and I haven’t seen it. When I did return to Buhi for some photography work, I again passed by this heritage monument and just had to take a photo.
This is the only remnant of what used to be Buhi’s cemetery built during the Spanish colonial era. Gone are the walls and tombs and niches. The cemetery has transferred to another area near the lake and this area has been bought by a family and has been fenced. Although I was told that there was a plan to demolish this one, I’m glad that they didn’t. Instead, it has been sealed from behind and is now a chapel along the road.
The facade has interesting but small details in the form of bas reliefs at the capitals. There is also a pair of decorative acanthus (?) at its flanks. The gate is topped with a cross and a lamb.