I actually had second thoughts of visiting Donsol’s cemetery because of the inclement weather but when I passed by it along the national road and the house that I was shooting was just nearby, I really had no choice but to visit it. Donsol in Sorsogon is quite remote. And as I was already in the area.
I don’t have much information about the history of Donsol’s church but I was told by the owner of the house that I was shooting that they used to have a Spanish colonial era edifice only to be demolished and replaced with the current cement one sometime in the 1960s (or 70s) upon the instigation of the wife of a local government official. Now, it is only the cemetery that has remnants of its colonial past and its even in a sad state.
The Catholic cemetery of Donsol is located along the national highway before entering the poblacion. It’s entrance arch is thick and painted white with a pair of finials at the side. The current look of this arch might date back to July 30, 1932, based on the date inscribed below the wordings.
Although the cemetery has an existing perimeter fence, only a small section is visible: a ruined part at the side and portions that escaped from being covered or built on as more niches were added. I didn’t see any signs of an old chapel.
Thanx to Rodrigo Abitria III for the correction. The date inscribed on the arch is actually the date when this newer cemetery was opened, transferred from the old one.
Old but not so old cemetery, the orig was previously located at corner RIzal St and T. Abitria St, Barangay Rawis (now a residential area). The Spanish cemetery was relocated in 1932 due to over crowding and mostly occupied by the family of illustrados. I was told that the bones of my Great Grand Father was the last one they unearthed and moved to that location in 1958.