The coastal municipality of Guimbal in Iloilo has three existing heritage watchtowers that were probably built in the 19th century as a defense against Muslim slave raiders who, from the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 19th centuries were the bane of many Philippine coastal communities from Luzon to Mindanao that time.
These structures have been spruced up and beautified by the Department of Tourism (from Muog) starting in 1984. Although now in presentable condition, the upper levels have been coated with cement and has faux rock outlines while the cavity was filled up and cemented. A streetlight has been mounted at the centers.
Barangay Pescador (the Poblacion) Watchtower
An octagonal structure, the Barangay Pescador watchtower is the nearest bantayan (vernacular for the watchtower) in the town center and the old church. Located along the road and at the edge of houses near the sea. A steel ladder brings you to the top.
Barangay Barangay Generosa-Cristobal Colon Watchtower
This watchtower is just a few minutes walk from Barangay Pescador and is just beside the coast. It’s a few meters from a barangay road. Like the other watchtowers, the base has been cemented, cleaned surroundings and lighted up. Unlike the Pescador bantayan, it is round.
Barangay Rizal-Tuguisan Watchtower
Located near the Guimbal-Tigbauan border and just outside the Bantayan Beach Resort compound, it is similar to the one in Barangay Colon, which is also round. The two differs in how the top portion is formed.