Mandaue City’s Bantayan sa Hari

Closer view of the Bantayan sa Hari from the bridge

Closer view of the Bantayan sa Hari from the bridge

The city seal of Mandaue with the Bantayan sa Hari figured at left side

The city seal of Mandaue with the Bantayan sa Hari figured at left side

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 crossing between Cebu and the island of Mactan and whose presence alerted the inhabitants of the coming moro slave raiders and thus had time to head for the safety of the church.

Today, the entire surface had been cemented, the surrounding base, shown in an archival image from 1912, is gone. It’s presence almost indeterminate unless one goes up the Cebu-Mactan Bridge. It’s almost lost in a see of houses and other structures.

The Bantayan sa Hari as seen above the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge

The Bantayan sa Hari as seen above the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge

A purported 1912 archival photo (from a wiki entry, no specified image source). From this site.

A purported 1912 archival photo (from a wiki entry, no specified image source). From this site.

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