The Banza Church ruins of Butuan City




When it comes to heritage churches, Mindanao can only show us a few structures sprinkled around the big island. There’s just a few Spanish colonial era churches. There are a few forts and some ruins, a cemetery and a few more watchtowers. But when I read online that there is a ruin of a belfry …

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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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Pitogo Church interior and extension structure




Pitogo Church is one of the interesting churches in Quezon province’s Bondoc Peninsula in terms of form with its semicircular pediment that is uncommon in the country. However, the interior has already been modernized with no trace of the old. Beside the church and at the presbytery area is an extension structure which is also …

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Pitogo Church roof and belfry




Although much of the interior of Pitogo Church has been renovated, there are still some old construction that can be found, if one knows where. While the exterior, both the front and side facades have some interesting details etched in stone, the upper parts of the church holds some surprises. First, as one gaze up …

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Front and side facade details of Pitogo Church




Pitogo Church is one of four heritage¬†churches in Quezon province’s Bondoc Peninsula¬†and is interesting in its not so usual form with its semicircular pediment. Unlike other churches that have elaborate details, this one is rather austere. The church facade has three levels that more or less follows the typical Philippine church facade: main portal flanked …

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The beautiful church of Pitogo




The town of Pitogo, a municipality in the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province used to be located along the Mayubok River in a what is now called Pinagbayanan and was established in 1754. Due to the frequent muslim slave raids, it was transferred to Cawayanin in 1760. But when the image of its patron, St. …

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16 lost churches in Cebu, Iloilo, Antique, Bohol and Leyte




The Philippines has a good number of Spanish colonial era churches especially in the Visayas. However, there have been a number of these structures that have been lost over time due to several factors like earthquakes, war, typhoons, natural deterioration and human intervention. This compilation, although not as exhaustive is an attempt to show what …

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