Visayas

San Joaquin’s Colonial Treasures

Posted on January 26, 2011

San Joaquin Church Detail of facade bas relief depicting the Battle of Tétouan San Joaquin Cemetery Detail of cemetery archway The southwestern towns of Iloilo boasts of exquisite colonial architecture. While Miag-ao Church gets all the limelight as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the religious edifices of neighboring San Joaquin deserves equal admiration, and are one of best examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the Philippines. Built in 1869, San Joaquin Church is the only military-themed church in the Philippines.Read More

Baroque Churches of the Philippines: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Posted on August 25, 2010

The Baroque Churches of the Philippines represent a fusion of European church design (baroque) and local construction techniques and decorations. Their specific characteristics include a separate bell-tower and strong buttresses to withstand the powers of earthquakes common in the region. Four churches were selected to make up this World Heritage Site, as samples of the development of this Philippine-Hispanic style over a period of more than 150 years (16th-18th century): • Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte • ChurchRead More

Cebu Provincial Capitol

Posted on February 5, 2009

Having passed by this government building growing up, I have often overlooked the beauty of its dignified dome, Ionic columns and golden statues of draped figures that encompass one of the best preserved colonial buildings in the country from the American occupation.  Designed by Juan Arellano, the Filipino architect best known for Manila’s Metropolitan Theater and Post Office Building, the gleaming white neo-classical seat of the provincial government of Cebu was constructed from 1937 and inaugurated a year later by CommonwealthRead More

Sky Experience Adventure (Crown Regency Hotel & Towers)

Posted on January 8, 2009

What I love about Cebu is that every time I come home, the place has always something new to offer: a new mall, new restaurant, new hangout, new beach hideaway, and new friends. No wonder travelers simply can’t get enough of the Queen City of the South, making Cebu the most visited city in the country. Long before Ferdinand Magellan set foot on the island in 1521, this settlement was already a bustling outpost for a slew of Chinese, Thai,Read More

Carcar: Heritage City of Cebu

Posted on October 21, 2008

A drive down the southeastern coast of Cebu offers relaxing views of mangrove beaches, arching roadside acacias and, most remarkably, beautiful colonial architecture… Carcar City–the newest city in Cebu–is one of its oldest towns. This gateway to the south derived its name from tree-climbing ferns called “kabkab” that once marked the crossroad to other towns. Known for its booming shoemaking industry (home to the uncredited largest shoe in the world) and mouth-watering delicacies like lechon baboy (roasted pig), chicharon (porkRead More

Fort San Pedro

Posted on October 21, 2008

I remember, during my elementary school years, a popular field trip destination was Fort San Pedro, the oldest, smallest and one of the best preserved Spanish fortresses in the Philippines. Located in Plaza Independencia within Cebu City’s pier area, this triangular military outpost was originally built in 1565– the beginning of Spanish colonization in the archipelago–with logs and muddy earth to protect conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his men from violent attacks by native Cebuanos and Muslim pirates. The fort was named after Legaspi’sRead More