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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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 Sto. Nino Kiosk undergoes strengthening

The 15 October 2013 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu affected several churches and structures, including the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, some with devastating results. One of those hit but sustained minor damage is the Sto. Nino Kiosk, popularly known as the Magellan’s Cross. When I first visited it several days after the earthquake, …

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