The Sundials of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur

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The Philippines has two long-enduring clocks. It has existed before TAG Heuer or Rolex long became elite global brands. In fact, they are a lot older than the Big Ben in London.

Tagudin SundialWithstanding the changing of times and seasons and of a world war and revolutions are two of the most enduring yet least known legacies of the Spanish colonization are the sun dials in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. From March 22 to September 23, 1841, the first sun dial in the Philippines was built by Father Juan Sorolla in what is now the compound of St. Augustine Church and School. (In the picture above, some pupils of St. Augustine School joined me in the photo op.)

Tagudin SundialThe sun dial’s eastern longitudinal is 16° 45′ 30″ while the height of the pole is 16° 47′ 30″.

In 1845, Father Juan Sorolla also built the sun dial located in front of the present Tagudin Town Hall. The sun dial’s eastern longitudinal is 26° 45′ 33″ while the height of the pole is 16° 47′ 30″.

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