About Me

About the Author

Estan CabigasMy name is Estan Cabigas and I am a religious colonial architecture enthusiast, heritage advocate, multiawarded blogger and photographer. .

An inveterate traveler, I have gone around extensively and marveled at the still extant religious heritage structures in the country. My ethnicity is a mixture of Filipino, Chinese and a minority, the Subanen tribe of Western Mindanao. I call Cebu as my permanent home, studied in Manila, worked in the cities of Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Makati, the Philippines.

I have traded the comforts of the corporate life to pursue my interests. Right now, I’m a freelance photographer based in Makati City, the Philippines. My work has been exhibited in major cities in South and Southeast Asia and Germany as well as attended local and international photography workshops. I have been the principal photographer of two coffeetable books, contributed for CNN Go and an image will be published in the May 2010 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.

I am available for projects, assignments and talks on Photography.

Other than this blog, I have my other online presence.

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About the blog

Simbahan is devoted to religious colonial architecture and covers heritage churches, cemeteries, fortifications, parochial houses or what is colloquially known as kumbento and other related structures. As much as possible, I highlight these as detailed as I can. The posts that you can read here are based on actual field work and from research. Background and history, however, all depends on the references that I can find. All photographs, unless stated otherwise were personally taken at the site.

About the Photos

Stock photography by Stanley+Cabigas at Alamy If you are interested with my photos, send me an email via the contact link of this blog or you can check out my stock photos at Alamy by clicking the logo at the left.


  1. Pingback: Philippinen Blog | Koloniale Architektur auf den Philippinen

  2. kudos to your blogs especially on the historic philippine churches. your photographs are indeed a cut above the rest of these multitude of images of our country’s architectural heritage structures on the internet photographed with abandon. if i may say this, they indeed are what architectural photography is all about, no wonder that CNN and National Geographic took notice of your work. please continue your advocacy of bringing architectural awareness to the majority. keep up the good work!

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