Monday, September 30, 2019

The Watchtowers of La Union

Watchtowers are integral part of community structures, especially of those settlements found along the coastlines, during the time when the Philippines was still under the Spanish crown. Through these structures, the villagers are warned against impending attack of pirates/enemies, making it possible for them to flee to higher grounds, or prepare to foil the attack. Nowadays, watchtowers serve local fishermen's guides to the shore while many of the old ones serve as testament to the history and heritage of the the town where they are located.

One of the most famous watchtowers in the Philippines is that of Luna, La Union. It is known to locals as "Baluarte" and is one of Luna's top tourist drawer along with the town's century old church which enshrines the Our Lady of Namacpacan (Namacpacan is the old name of Luna). 


What's not known to many people is that Baluarte is just one of the many watchtowers dotting the coast of La Union stretching from Bauang in the south up to Luna in the north. In 2014, these watchtowers were proclaimed by the National Museum as National Cultural Treasures ensuring that all of these watchtowers will be protected and preserved. Unfortunately, only Luna's watchtower has been given attention by the National Museum as of now. It is also the only one that bears National Cultural Marker installed by the National Museum.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

SJDM Free College Entrance Exam Review 2019!!!

A short break from travel related posts.

The San Jose del Monte Free College Entrance Exam Review Guild (SJDM FCEER GUILD) now formally announces its 12th year of Summer Review Program to incoming Grade 12 students of different High Schools and Colleges from San Jose del Monte.



For a brief background, SJDM FCEER Guild is a group composed of former students of the different high schools in SJDM who are now students/graduates of different Philippine colleges such as, but not limited to, UP, PUP, PNU, and TUP. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

EATS and SWEETS : San Miguel, Bulacan Culinary Tour! Part 4

San Miguel, the northernmost town of Bulacan, is known for its historicity as well as its many sons and daughters who have played important roles in the country’s path to independence. Biak na Bato, Maximo Viola, heritage and ancestral houses, San Miguel Archangel Parish Church, and Pablo Tecson are just some of the many names, places and things these town is known for. But aside from that, it is also known for its culinary heritage, especially sweets, from where the old name “San Miguel de Mayumo” came from (“mayumo” means “sweet).


Thursday, October 11, 2018

EATS and SWEETS : San Miguel, Bulacan Culinary Tour! Part 3

San Miguel, the northernmost town of Bulacan, is known for its historicity as well as its many sons and daughters who have played important roles in the country’s path to independence. Biak na Bato, Maximo Viola, heritage and ancestral houses, San Miguel Archangel Parish Church, and Pablo Tecson are just some of the many names, places and things these town is known for. But aside from that, it is also known for its culinary heritage, especially sweets, from where the old name “San Miguel de Mayumo” came from (“mayumo” means “sweet).

Sunday, October 7, 2018

EATS and SWEETS : San Miguel, Bulacan Culinary Tour! Part 2

San Miguel, the northernmost town of Bulacan, is known for its historicity as well as its many sons and daughters who have played important roles in the country’s path to independence. Biak na Bato, Maximo Viola, heritage and ancestral houses, San Miguel Archangel Parish Church, and Pablo Tecson are just some of the many names, places and things these town is known for. But aside from that, it is also known for its culinary heritage, especially sweets, from where the old name “San Miguel de Mayumo” came from (“mayumo” means “sweet).

Friday, October 5, 2018

EATS and SWEETS : San Miguel, Bulacan Culinary Tour! Part 1

San Miguel, the northernmost town of Bulacan, is known for its historicity as well as its many sons and daughters who have played important roles in the country’s path to independence. Biak na Bato, Maximo Viola, heritage and ancestral houses, San Miguel Archangel Parish Church, and Pablo Tecson are just some of the many names, places and things these town is known for. But aside from that, it is also known for its culinary heritage, especially sweets, from where the old name “San Miguel de Mayumo” came from (“mayumo” means “sweet).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CAMALANIUGAN : Cagayan's Heritage Treasure Trove

(This post is part of my 4th Cagayan Province Town hopping last August 19-21, 2018)

Visiting Camalaniugan again is one of the highlights of my 4th Cagayan Province excursion. My first visit to this beautiful town was already 4 years ago and I was only able to see then the present church and its famous Sancta Maria bell, considered to be the oldest bell in the Far East, and definitely the oldest bell in the Philippines. Little did I know then that the quiet town actually harbors 2 more precious heritage treasure.

San Jacinto de Polonia Church (Camalaniugan Church).

Sunday, March 18, 2018

San Jose del Monte Free College Entrance Exam Review 2018!!!

Short break again from travel related posts...

The San Jose del Monte Free College Entrance Exam Review Guild (SJDM FCEER GUILD) now formally announces its 11th year of Summer Review Program to incoming Grade 12 students of different High Schools and Colleges from San Jose del Monte.



For a brief background, SJDM FCEER Guild is a group composed of former students of the different high schools in SJDM who are now students/graduates of different Philippine colleges such as, but not limited to, UP, PUP, PNU, and TUP. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

San Andres : The Town Once Known as Calolbon

(This is part of my Visit Catanduanes 2015 series. For other Catanduanes posts, just click the links after this article)

The third Catanduanes town I was able to visit is San Andres. This town was once officially called as "Calolbon" but was renamed "San Andres" on June 18, 1964. The town was named after its patron saint but is still called by the locals by its former name, Calolbon.

San Andres Church

The very first site I visited in this town is its church. Just like in Virac, I was not impressed by the church's facade. I thought it was a modern one but when I saw the interior, I was greeted by the church's very thick wall and realized it is also a century-old church! It was a shame the church's facade was renovated. It must have been a beautiful one before the renovation but something must have happened leading to that change of facade.