Built by the Dominicans probably in the 19th century, the cemetery entrance in Tuguegarao City would have been a sight to behold, (not as grand as that in Roxas City though)Â with its beautiful entrance arch made of bricks, a curving pediment with three finials, two flanking the center. The graceful roundness calls to mind the form of the San Jacinto de Cauili ermita near St. Paul in busy Tuguegarao City. Interpreted another way, it looks like a half submerged skull with the eye sockets the portals. At the sides is the equally beautiful brick perimeter fence.
But all that is a memory.
In its place is a rundown structure that has been neglected and allowed to deteriorate. Not minding its heritage significance, a shabby shed has been built infront and behind the entrance arch that blocks the beautiful two arched entrance. Not only that, graffiti deliberately mar its naked brick surface.
The low perimeter walls are also in bad state. It’s the front and one side that is still intact but many parts have weathered or built over with modern niches. Some parts have already deteriorated badly and crumbled away. Curiously, I haven’t seen any remnants or trace of a cemtery chapel either at the center or at the far end. Either it doesn’t really have one or the original has been cleared out.