Ancient civilizations and communities indulged themselves in rock art. By removing the surface of rock formations, figures and symbols are carved and incised by cave dwellers. Better known as petroglyphs, these may have significant spiritual and cultural ties. In the Philippines, the oldest petroglyphs are found in Angono, Rizal. In March 1965, it was discovered by Carlos Botong Francisco and his troop of boy scouts in a field trip to the hinterlands of Angono and Binangonan. The shallow rock shelter is adorned with carvings resembling that of human, frogs, and lizards. There could probably be more had natural elements and vandalism not ruined this archeologicalRead More →

When in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People, there are a lot of historic sights and tourist destinations to choose from. Less than eight kilometers south of the city is the town of Bacong, the birthplace of Leon Kilat: Hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril, the hero of the Battle of Tres de Abril. One of Bacong‘s important landmarks is its Church of Saint Augustine of Hippo which was built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1865. Its belfry is the highest in Negros Oriental and was used in the olden times as a watch tower against marauders. The church complex faces the BoholRead More →

One of the must-see destinations in the mystical province of Siquijor is the San Isidro Labrador Church in the town of Lazi. The parish church is located just off the Siquijor Circumferential Road. The Lazi parish was established by the Augustinian Recollects in 1857. Father Toribio Sanchez, O.A.R., administered the construction of the church and the convent. It was made of coral stones and hard wood. Filipino artisans completed the church in 1884 and the belfry the year after. Pursuant to the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 260 issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on August 1, 1973, as amended by Presidential Decree No. 375Read More →

Like the other churches in the Philippine islands, the Church of Tumauini was originally made of light materials. In 1707, it was built by Fray Francisco Nuñez, OP, and dedicated to the patron saint, San Matias. Tumauini was separated from Cabagan and became a regular parish on May 7, 1751. In 1783, the church of stone with a unique cylindrical bell tower was constructed by Father Domingo Forto. It was completed in 1805. The four-layer, cake-like bell tower is the only of its kind in the Philippines. The Royal Decree of May 1, 1856 authorized the creation of the Province of Isabela in honor ofRead More →

One of the last three destinations that I have visited in my ten-day Mindanao backpacking trip is the Immaculate Conception Church in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. On July 31, 2001, the Immaculate Conception Church was one of the Philippine colonial churches declared by the National Museum as a national cultural treasure. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts had identified and selected it as one of 26 Spanish Colonial Era churches to be under its conservation program. Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Oct 1-10 Zamboanga Peninsula-Northern Mindanao-ARMM-Davao Regions Backpacking Trip. (270)Read More →

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