National Museum Bohol

It was a delightful experience as I entered for the first time the Old Provincial Capitol of Bohol in Tagbilaran City. In its current form, it is the new exhibition and office space of the National Museum Bohol. The structure is bright and airy. Spacious and fully airconditioned. But it wasn’t always like this. The Old Provincial Capitol was constructed in 1860 to house the tribunal and garrison of the Spanish forces there. Construction materials included coral stones, lime, bricks, roofing tiles and banaba beams….Continue Reading “The National Museum Bohol is at a beautiful home in Tagbilaran”

Museyo Kutawato

It is perhaps Mindanao’s most modern museum but unlike its counterparts in the region, Museyo Kutawato takes charge not only of its own identity but owning its narrative and telling its tri-peoples’s stories in the form of their shared histories, struggles, and aspirations. Tri people is a buzzword in these parts and refer to the Lumads, the Muslims and Christians living together in this region. When I lived in Davao City in 2000-2004, I only had a limited amount of travels to North Cotabato, often…Continue Reading “Museyo Kutawato, a modern museum rises in the south”

Visita Iglesia Cagayan

Rich in history and heritage, Visita Iglesia Cagayan is an apt endeavor to explore and get to know the faith and piety of the Cagayanos, especially that summer is here and Holy Week is near. From Tuguegarao straight up to Aparri, discover places of religious importance, get to know the brick structures whose building materials were made and fired in a gigantic oven in one of the towns and see the oldest bell in the Philippines cast 400 years ago. Tuguegarao Cathedral The Metropolitan Cathedral…Continue Reading “Visita Iglesia Cagayan: Touring Tuguegarao to Aparri”

People can be forgiven if they tend to pass off the town of Jimenez as another nondescript Misamis Occidental municipality on their way either to the cities of Oroquieta, the provincial capital or Ozamiz, the financial hub. Come to think of it, vans and buses just pass this town and sometimes, make a brief stopover at the terminal. And there’s really nothing much to see. But for those in the know, Jimenez is a gem, unpolished, waiting for its time to shine. And for heritage…Continue Reading “An afternoon around the heritage town of Jimenez”

Heritage towns in the Philippines are becoming rarer and rarer. With the apathy of most local governments and Filipinos, much have fallen or disappeared. But there are just some towns and cities that have preserved their own historical architecture, and with heritage awareness, these ten towns and cities enumerated here are must visits. Although many other places around the country should have been included, my objective is to give a more balanced list of places that can be found in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. I…Continue Reading “10 heritage towns outside Metro Manila you should visit”