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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Interior of San Fernando Church, Cebu




There is not much to see inside the San Fernando Church in Cebu today due to renovations done to its interior in 1972. This was probably due to the effects of Vatican 2 which closed in 1965. I’m not sure if the original is cruciform but basing on the archival photo in the introductory post, …

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San Fernando de Cebu’s neogothic church




The Parish of San Isidro Labrador in San Fernando town, Cebu was established as an independent parish by the Augustinians through diocesan decree on 19 June, 1858 with Fray Fernando Sanchez as the first parish priest. The present church was designed by Fernando Escondrillas, Spanish architect and engineer who drew the plans for the church …

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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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Interior of Pavia’s romanesque church




Pavia Church in Iloilo City is one of the province’s beautiful churches. While much of the exterior is intact, although there have been newer bricks at some sections, the interior has been altered so much. Finished in the last decade of the 19th century, the structure was burned, like many other churches in Iloilo, by …

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