Maasin Catholic Cemetery of 1882

Maasin City is the capital of Southern Leyte is one of the oldest towns in the province and is the seat of the Diocese of Maasin. The Jesuits founded the town in the 1700s. After their expulsion, the Augustinians took over. In 1843, the Franciscans started evangelization. Located 1.5 kilometers east of the cathedral, a …

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Bago City’s old Catholic cemetery

It was way back in October 2006 when I visited some cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental in search of old churches and cemeteries that I stumbled this one in Bago City, a Spanish colonial era cemetery that still retained its original entrance arch, portions of its perimeter fence and some interesting tombs inside. The …

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Amlan’s long neglected watchtower in ruins

History wasn’t really so good for coastal communities in Negros Oriental, like many coastal communities for most of Visayas, Bicol, Palawan and Northern Mindanao. During the height of the Muslim slave raiding which reached its peak in the early 19th century, several towns were pillaged and townsfolks sent to be sold in the slave market …

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The lost small fort of Carmen in Cebu

Lost in the row of houses in Barangay Luyang in Carmen, Cebu is a small fort that, unfortunately has been ruined and almost obliterated as vegetation and human habitation has overun this structure. Well, except for a section of the walls and a part of the watchtower. Cebu was one of the hardest hit areas …

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