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Nuestra Señora de la Luz Church in Loon Bohol, Philippines

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 |

The church in Loon, built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1853, is considered the most beautiful of the 19th century churches in Bohol. It was designed by Domingo Escondrillas, a government employee, and is made of finely cut coral. The convent, built at the same time as the church is now a school. The church’s long flight of 174 stone steps believed to be the longest step stairway in the country reminiscent of Spanish forced labor.

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Historical Punta Cruz Watchtower in Bohol Philippines

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 |

Punta Cruz Watchtower in Maribojoc, Bohol

The watchtower in Punta Cruz, Maribojoc town is located 14 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and is made of stone. A wooden cross is planted in a slightly indented area in front of the tower. According to legend, the cross has been enchanted with a mysterious spell that had saved many people from the ravages of pirates. The cross is said to extend its arms to the sea, preventing marauders. The tower, which has windows that overlook nearby islands Cebu and Siquijor and the Mindanao Sea, served as a lookout for pirates.

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Bohol Philippines: Casa Rocha-Suarez Heritage Center in Tagbilaran City

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 |

Casa Rocha-Suarez Heritage Center

Casa Rocha-Suarez is one of the few remaining Spanish-period trading villas in the province of Bohol, and one of the only two left in historic Sitio Ubos – the coastal lowland that was once the Old Tagbilaran, the province’s economic center at the time. Built circa 1800 to 1830, it was opened as a lifestyle museum and heritage center, and poignantly dedicated by the Rocha-Suarez heirs to the people of Bohol.

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Bohol Philippines: Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon Town

Saturday, April 18th, 2009 |

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon town is one of the best preserved Jesuit-built churches in the region. The mission was established by Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez, who arrived in Bohol from Cebu in November 1596. The Jesuit priests convinced the locals to build a church, which was probably a bamboo and thatch church.

Baclayon served at one time as the residential or center of the Bohol missions, where the superior resided. There are claims that the present stone church in Baclayon is the oldest in the Philippines but evidence places the construction of the church to 1727. The belief that the church was built in 1595 was probably because of a 19th century report from the Recollects that the mission was founded in 1595. The same report, however also lists two other dates 1593 and 1594. The date 1595 inscribed on the church facade is a later addition.

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Bohol Philippines: St. Joseph Cathedral Church in Tagbilaran City

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 |

The present cathedral of Tagbilaran traces to a church built by Fr. Valero de San Pascual, OAR, while the bell tower to Fr. Jose Sanchez, OAR. The church’s interior and exterior have undergone renovations. However, despite the renovations, some historic pieces still remain. The two side altars are in the 18th century Baroque style, while the central altar, decorated with symbols from the Old Testament is in the 19th century neoclassical style. The statue of St. Joseph, the patron of the church, is an 18th century vintage. The church has a good collection of ancient documents, including a fragment of an 18th century Visayan dictionary.

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Ilocos Norte Philippines: St. Augustine Church Known as Paoay Church

Friday, September 5th, 2008 |

Ilocos Norte Philippines: St. Augustine Church Known as Paoay Church

St. Augustine Church popularly known as Paoay Church was built in 1694 and was completed in 1710. It was commissioned by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. This fortress-like church is so unique in our country since its heavy-set buttresses and finials give the church a silhouette similar to Asian temples. The church is also considered as the most outstanding variant of the earthquake baroque.

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Cebu City Philippines: Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 |

Cebu City Philippines: Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. The construction of the church took long due to lack of funds and some unexpected events like the death of the incumbent bishop who spearheaded the construction and some vacancies in the office.

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Cebu Philippines: St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar

Friday, August 8th, 2008 |

Cebu Philippines: St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar

The church of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Carcar, Cebu is already 124 years old and is among the great wonder and treasure of the town. It is not clear in the history records as to who built the church but it must be observed that the Augustinian friars were in charge of the parishes from San Nicolas up to Tañon and from then on.

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Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica in Intramuros Philippines

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 |

Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica in Intramuros Philippines

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral or the Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has long been a venue for high profile weddings. A number of Filipino films have also chosen the church as one of its location settings because of its beautiful structure and the history that goes with it.

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Cebu Philippines: St. Michael Archangel Church in Argao

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 |

Cebu Philippines: St. Michael Archangel Church in Argao

Argao became a parish in 1703, which prompted the construction of a beautiful rococo-baroque church structure in 1734 and was completed in 1788. The church was renovated for its bicentennial celebration in 1988. Despite some renovations and modernizations done to it, the San Miguel Archangel Parish still remains one of the richly furnished churches in the South.

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Angeles City Philippines: Nayong Pilipino in Clark Freeport Zone

Saturday, July 12th, 2008 |

Angeles City Philippines: Nayong Pilipino Theme Park in Clark Freeport Zone

Nayong Pilipino is a mini Philippines because most of the islands are represented. The park is divided into a number of geographic displays namely; Ilocos, Cordillera Central, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao. Each of the display has a typical house or building and a typical landscape of the region like Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and Cebu’s Magellan’s cross. Some Philippine heroes’ houses are also featured in the park. The Colonial Plaza is replete with Spanish influence, from cobbled walksways to structures which can be used as function areas for any special occassion like weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Filipino folklore is also highlighted in Nayong Pilipino sa Clark. Famous to young and old is “Malakas and Maganda.” This is the Filipino legend of how man and woman came about. Throughout the year, the Park will host different activities that are unique in each region like for the month of May, the feature is Santacruzan and the Aeta way of life that includes features on their cooking, farming and wedding tradition.

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