The old and massive horno of Camalaniugan

Camalaniugan town in the province of Cagayan is known as having the oldest bell in the Southeast, the Sta. Maria which was cast in 1595. But several meters from the present church is a massive, undated heritage structure that goes back to the Spanish colonial era. It is the horno, or brick oven. In the …

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The quadrilateral watchtower in Sumilon Island

In far off Sumilon Island, off the municipality of Oslob is a lone quadrilateral moro watchtower that has been a mute witness to the history of the place. This is part of the network of telegraphic watchtowers by Boljoon parish priest Fray Julian Bermejo that stretches from Carcar to Santander and was used as lookouts …

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The Banza Church ruins of Butuan City

When it comes to heritage churches, Mindanao can only show us a few structures sprinkled around the big island. There’s just a few Spanish colonial era churches. There are a few forts and some ruins, a cemetery and a few more watchtowers. But when I read online that there is a ruin of a belfry …

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San Andres’s former cemetery

The municipality of San Andres in Catanduanes has an abandoned heritage cemetery that is now empty except for the remaining walls made of mamposteria, rocks piled on top of one another, located in Barangay Wagdas. There is scant information about this structure and I don’t know when this was built and who built it except …

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Passi Church’s bells and bas relief

Passi Church in Iloilo is, unlike its counterparts like San Joaquin, Miag-ao and Molo lacks the intricacy of details or the height that identifies these churches. What it does have are just some minor bas relief details and massive buttresses. The current facade’s main entrance has the Augustinian order’s emblem at the center, just atop …

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A profusion of buttresses at Passi Church

Passi Church doesn’t have the appeal of, say Molo, with its soaring neogothic architecture and related details, nor the intricacies of the bas relief that make Miag-ao Church special. When one looks at it, the structure is squat and simple. But there’s one thing that readily catches one’s attention: buttresses. It might have been the …

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