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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The rape of Iskong Bantay




Iskong Bantay is the lone watchtower left in Atimonan, Quezon. According to the historical marker, there used to be seven built in 1752 which served the town as a lookout and defense structure from muslim slave raiders who ravaged these parts, and most of the Philippines. READ MORE: Tea, trade and tears: the Muslim slave …

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The unique triangular watchtower of Guinsiliban




Across the Philippines, and especially in southeastern Cebu, there are watchtowers built during the Spanish colonial era in an effort to avert Muslim slave raiding that was rampant especially in the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 19th centuries. These served as lookouts that alerted the populace whenever there’s a sighting of …

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The old cemetery of Daraga




The province of Albay in Bicol has its own share of interesting old cemetery architecture with the cemetery chapel in Tabaco City, one of the most beautiful in the country. Closer to Legazpi City, the town of Daraga has its share. It’s located around 400 meters from the hill where the old parish church is …

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Piddig’s Sta. Ana church decommissioned




In a news article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Sta. Ana parish church in Piddig, Ilocos Norte has been decommissioned due to deteriorating structural integrity. Engineering experts from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts declared the edifice as unfit for occupancy. The last mass was held last 14 September led by Laoag …

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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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