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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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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Passi’s Spanish colonial era church

The city of Passi, in the interior of Iloilo province has one of the oldest parishes in the country, having been established by the Augustinians under the protection of San Guillermo: The Augustinian Council held on August 29, 1590 accpeted “the convent of the tingues* de Passic as house of the Order.” – Angels in …

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Dauis watchtower after the October 2013 earthquake

The devastating 15 October 2013 affected both Bohol and Cebu with the former suffering heavy damage. In preparation for our launched coffeetable book, Pagsulay, I was able to visit Bohol in November 2013. Although Dauis church sustained heavy damage, the Dauis watchtower has sustained cracks and some dislodged stone pieces. READ MORE: The Dauis watchtower …

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