The Ruins in Talisay

From the urban landscape of Bacolod City down to the greens and plains of sugar plantations along the inner roads of Talisay City, a captivating surprise awaits and ready to transport anyone to a different dimension. The remnants of a grand mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson popularly known today as The Ruins, a proud memento of the family’s glorious past and a reminder of the town’s bygone era. The skeleton of the mansion of Don Mariano Braga and the well maintained garden Meticulously built in…Continue Reading “The Ruins in Talisay”

Bantay, Ilocos Sur

For someone going to or leaving the Ilocos Sur capital of Vigan, one that will certainly not be missed is this old yet captivating structure, obviously noticeable from the main road before entering the heritage town, ready to steal ones attention, the old bell tower of the town of Bantay. The old belfry of Bantay Bantay, a neighboring town of Vigan City to the east, is one of the oldest parishes in the region and in the country. Its icons are the brick red church…Continue Reading “The Proud Bantay”

Paco Park and Cemetery

In the heart of the City of Manila is a small and old circular park which used to be a municipal cemetery for Spanish aristocrats of the old walled city of Intramuros – the Paco Park and Cemetery. Situated in the western boundary of the district of Paco (San Fernando de Dilao district during the Spanish era) and in the eastern end of Padre Faura Street, Paco Park and Cemetery was completed and opened to public in 1822 as a burial ground for victims of…Continue Reading “Paco Park and the Old Cemetery”

The Cemetery In the northernmost district of Sta.Cruz, on the city boundary with Caloocan, sits Manila’s oldest Catholic cemetery, the La Loma Catholic Cemetery or Campo Santo de La Loma. It opened in 1884 and was known as Cementerio de Binondo back then where it was exclusively used as burial ground for Catholics during the Spanish colonial period. It was also an important battleground during the Philippine-American war and served as execution site by the Japanese during World War II. Today, the cemetery is one…Continue Reading “Campo Santo de La Loma and its “Lumang Simbahan””

In 1966, a shrine was commissioned to be built on the summit of Mt. Samat to commemorate the heroic Filipino and American soldiers in Bataan who fought the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942, in what is known toady as Battle of Bataan. Located in Barangay Diwa, town of Pilar, the shrine with a land area of 73,665 hectares, was designed by Lorenzo Castillo and landscaped by Dolly Quimbo-Perez. It was inaugurated in 1970 during the 25th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The complex…Continue Reading “Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor)”

I am a Manileño, in heart and in deeds. Having been born and grew up in my beloved City of Manila, its historic streets are my playgrounds; its alleys and sidewalks are my everyday walkways; its structures, buildings, halls, walls and tombs are my regular sights. I grew up and still living in the crowded and frenzied market street in the boundary of Sampaloc, Tondo and northern Sta. Cruz districts popularly known as Blumentritt; spent my elementary days there; had my high school in downtown…Continue Reading “The Beauty of Quiapo”