Amlan’s long neglected watchtower in ruins

History wasn’t really so good for coastal communities in Negros Oriental, like many coastal communities for most of Visayas, Bicol, Palawan and Northern Mindanao. During the height of the Muslim slave raiding which reached its peak in the early 19th century, several towns were pillaged and townsfolks sent to be sold in the slave market …

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The lost small fort of Carmen in Cebu

Lost in the row of houses in Barangay Luyang in Carmen, Cebu is a small fort that, unfortunately has been ruined and almost obliterated as vegetation and human habitation has overun this structure. Well, except for a section of the walls and a part of the watchtower. Cebu was one of the hardest hit areas …

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The ruined Fort Almonte in Lanao del Norte

The island of Mindanao has always been a problem for the Spanish colonial governement. Although it was able to establish towns and build churches, it’s authority has always been challenged not only by the Muslims who raided its pueblos for the slave markets in Batavia and then in Sulu, but also by indigenous peoples who …

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Mandaue City’s Bantayan sa Hari

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 …

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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 rape of Iskong Bantay

Iskong Bantay is the lone watchtower left in Atimonan, Quezon. According to the historical marker, there used to be seven built in 1752 which served the town as a lookout and defense structure from muslim slave raiders who ravaged these parts, and most of the Philippines. READ MORE: Tea, trade and tears: the Muslim slave …

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The unique triangular watchtower of Guinsiliban

Across the Philippines, and especially in southeastern Cebu, there are watchtowers built during the Spanish colonial era in an effort to avert Muslim slave raiding that was rampant especially in the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 19th centuries. These served as lookouts that alerted the populace whenever there’s a sighting of …

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