It’s kind of creepy, reading the inscription infront of the entrance arch of Tobias Fornier (formerly Dao) Catholic cemetery in Antique. It reads:
Kami Karon – Kamo Dason
From the Karay-a language, it means: It’s now us, yours will be soon. But other than that, I just fell in love with the existing cemetery walls of this municipality.
The old cemetery walls of this town and its neighbor, Anini-y have certain similarities in terms of design which can’t be found anywhere else in the country. It is characterized by squat but massive pillars, an entrance arch, but in the latter’s case, destroyed, and a lower wall connecting columns.
There are also differences, however with the following characteristics of Tobias Fornier cemtery:
- bigger and thicker entrance arch
- the portion connecting the arch and the next column is inclined
- top section of walls between columns and entrance arch balustraded
- no finials atop each column although I’m not sure if these were present before
- no presence of a back wall at the cemetery rear
I don’t have any information though when this cemetery was build, who built it and if it preceeded or not Anini-y’s but basing on the design, perhaps, it has only one priest builder.