The cemetery chapel ruins of San Pablo




The municipality of San Pablo in Isabela used to be the capital of Cagayan province. And for this, it has the oldest church in the province, dating to the 17th century and has the tallest bell tower in Cagayan Valley. However, the current church has been in ruins with the nave without a roof. The …

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Dupax del Sur’s horno is now a garbage pit




Like most heritage structures that are not churches and buildings, those lumped under others, are usually just taken for granted, neglected and left to the elements. These structures like watchtowers, cemetery perimeter fences and chapels and kilns almost always suffer the same fate. Unless its so good looking like the San Joaquin cemetery complex with …

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Tuguegarao City’s long neglected horno




If one visits the Cagayan Valley, one readily discovers the prevalent use of bricks as building materials of many Spanish colonial era structures. From churches to houses to government buildings. Its beautiful red hue gives it its own charm as one can see in the awe inspiring Tumauini Church in Isabela. Of course, if there …

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The half buried Camposanto de Bacolor




Bacolor is one of the oldest and historic towns not only in Pampanga but also in the country. It was established by the Augustinians in 1575, was the capital of Pampanga for two centuries and was the base of the Spanish colonial government during the British invasion of Manila in 1762-1764. The eruption of Mt. …

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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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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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