Heritage Church of Samboan

Perched on a hill many meters above the coast. The church of Samboan is certainly a very scenic place indeed. The town is Located several kilometers after Santander and the it is first town to face the southwestern side of Cebu. The parish was Established on November 3,1784 and many years after, the first church made of permanent material was constructed in 1842. The church is typical of churches constructed in the Philippines during the time incorporating mostly earthquake-baroque architecture. Like many churches in Cebu the facade is composed of three levels which are separated by several thick horizantal cornices. … Continue reading Heritage Church of Samboan

Stopover:Sibonga’s Ortiz ancestral house

When looking around the backroads in the town of Sibonga,Cebu I saw a peculiar structure which catches the eye of any traveller like me when visiting the town. A large house, which at first I thought was a government building or something of public use because of its size but turns out it was the noted Diez- Ortiz Ancestral house. Located along I. Kintanar street in Sibonga’s poblacion the house. Large and grand when you first look at it, this house can be considered as one of the larger ancestral houses in Cebu. It was built in the 1930s as … Continue reading Stopover:Sibonga’s Ortiz ancestral house

Heritage Church of Oslob

Coming from Nueva Caceres we reach the Poblacion of Oslob. The first activity you should do is visit the heritage church. Originally a visita of Sialo (now Carcar) it was later placed under the care of the Parish of Boljoon in 1690. The church, finished in 1847 after 17 years of hard work by the People of Oslob. It is under the patronage of the Immaculada Concepcion. Though the labor was provided by the native Filipino’s and most likely some chinese artisans, the church is notable in that it was constructed with the help and support of the Spanish crown. … Continue reading Heritage Church of Oslob

Watchtower of Santander

Watchtower of Santander. This is one of the many watchtowers built during the Spanish Colonial period. The watchtower, located several meters directly behind the Church of Santander dedicated to San Gabriel Archangel is a relic of the past once used to be a warning post for Moro Pirates and other invaders coming from the southern Philippines. This is one of two present in thetown of Santander. These watchtowers were built in from the 1760s to the 1840s. This particular one was probably built in the early 1800s maybe the 1810s as the Pirate plague of the south comprising of various … Continue reading Watchtower of Santander

Stopover: Nueva Caceres

Among the many Spanish-American era churches in Cebu, the church of the southern barangay of Nueva Caceres is an average example. The place of the modern Nueva Caceres was once called Ivisan and was once the visita of the far away Sialo or Carcar. In the year 1690 the place where Nueva Caceres would become a visita of was changed to that of Boljoon. Later in the 1800s the name Ivisan was changed to Nueva Caceres because of homesick Spanish priests and officials. It is now under the patronage of San Jose. The church and convent of Nueva Caceres was … Continue reading Stopover: Nueva Caceres

A cup in the Fortress: Dalaguete Watchtower

It has been many months, close to a year really ever since i have visited Dalaguete. The municipality like many others around Cebu has its own charms. Its Spanish Era church built in 1825 is the most obvious example. When you take a look around its beautifully maintained plaza your eyes will eventually dart to a slender two storey tall structure. Its coral stone base and wooden top make you wonder what it is and what is was. It is the watchtower or Baluarte or Bantayan sa Hari of Dalaguete, one of two that exist. The watchtower’s age is apparent … Continue reading A cup in the Fortress: Dalaguete Watchtower

Heritage Church Of Argao

The Saint Michael the Archangel church’ date of construction is disputed but what is sure is that the parish was established in 1734. The present church was built by a Augustinian priest by the name of Fr. Mateo Perez, but some sources attribute the completion of the present church to Fr. Francisco Espina in the 1780s. The is typical of Southeastern churches with the Convent and Belltower on either side of the facade. The church facade is a mix of both Roccoco and Baroque elements. It results in a pleasing combination of styles and art. The facade, similar to the … Continue reading Heritage Church Of Argao

Heritage Church of Sibonga

In the sleepy Poblacion of the municipality of Sibonga, Cebu. Where ancestral houses are abundant and where century old acacia trees are shading the people in the park. The church of St Philomena and the lady our lady of the pillar stands. The church was built in the 1880s similar to many other Spanish era churches in cebu. The church and convent was built by Fr. Prospero Puerto (parish priest from 1833 to 1868) following the plans of Bishop Santos Gomez Marañon. The oldest bell, dedicated to Santa Filomena, was installed in 1863. The bell tower was destroyed during the … Continue reading Heritage Church of Sibonga

San Fernando’s San Isidro Labrador Church

Located about 29 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Cebu, San Fernando is one of the many municipalities of Cebu. Its history dates back to 1858 when the parish and municipality was formed and formalized through the issuance of a royal decree. Its name is taken from one of the beloved priests who once served the town a priest by the name of Fernando Sanchez which would become San Fernando. A man by the name of Juan Diyong and many other unnamed people petitioned for San Fernando to become a separate parish from Naga and … Continue reading San Fernando’s San Isidro Labrador Church

Pitalo: A humble place

A humble place to me is a place or area where either the people or something built in the area represents or is supposed to represent something grand like a cathedral or a famous person, but in their own way they make it feel smaller and more down to earth. This is how I would describe the chapel of Pitalo, San Fernando. Designed by an unidentified architect most likely a local. The church is a splendid revival of Spanish period baroque in the tail end of the American Period. The façade was built in baroque fashion with thick columns adorned … Continue reading Pitalo: A humble place

Amateur Restoration: Singer Sewing Machine Stand

The singer sewing machine company/ Singer Manufacturing was one of the most popular brands of sewing machine. Beginning business in 1861 and still serving until today. There were many models made by the company with most of them being made either in the U.S or the United Kingdom and Scotland. As time went on and industrialization kicked more into effect the home sewing machine became rarer and rarer as factories could produce clothes at much lower costs. Many sewing machines were sold to collectors or left where they sat waiting to be noticed once again. Amateur Antique Restoration: 20th Century … Continue reading Amateur Restoration: Singer Sewing Machine Stand

The 100 Year old Bridge of Talisay

Talisay is known as the Aqua city of the south today and was once known as the vacation capital of Cebu as many prominent families once had beach houses here from the Jeresa to the Osmena and even until now the famous Maroca swimming pool. Barangay Poblacion, the site of the first Spanish settlements in Talisay and home of its colonial church is mostly built upon water reservoirs leading to almost every household having a ‘Tabay” or well or “Bomba” meaning Hand Pump and also Barangay Poblacion had many small rivers and creeks running through it neccessitating the need to … Continue reading The 100 Year old Bridge of Talisay

History of Kawit Island

Cebuanos for many years before the construction of South Road Properties or SRP in Cebu the small island which was about 800 meters from the mainland and many more remember the beaches and the fishing stations on this island. Kawit island was the name of this place and even though the island is now gone its memory and history live on. Now you will read on how Kawit island came to be and how it was lost. The journey of the island from its Spanish colonial roots to today is fascinating and nostalgic for many Cebuanos. The term Kawit comes … Continue reading History of Kawit Island

Evolution of the Ancestral House Part 3

This is the third part of the Evolution of the Ancestral houses of the Philippines series. This second part will cover the very late Spanish period and the early period American era architecture in this part we will see the development of the Bahay na Bato into the Bahay Amerikano the stylized forms of the 1840s -1860s are developed and imporved upon in the late Bahay na Bato and as American Colonization sets in, newer Architecture inspired by the previous Spanish and the new American colonizers will influence the houses built by Filipinos. This part concentrates on the transition from … Continue reading Evolution of the Ancestral House Part 3