Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Ruins in Patnongon, Antique

The town of Patnongon was the second place I visited during our sojourn in Antique. It is a fourth class municipality and is only 9.5 kilometers from Belison, my mother-in-law's hometown where we stayed.

A tricycle ride from Belison took us to Patnongon. Our purpose was to visit the remains on an old church which was already converted into a school.

There are actually two landmark ruins in Patnongon and both are located in the town proper , right beside the national highway.

The first is the ruins of the Old Municipal Hall:

Not much information can be found about this building but according to some, this was constructed by the Spaniards.

Then just a few steps away is the ruins of the Parish of Saint Augustine which was converted into St. Augustine's Academy of Patnongon:

The Parish of San Augustine was once considered as the best church in Antique. According to the National Historical Institute marker, construction of the church was finished in 1895. It was damaged and renovated during the Philippine Revolution in 1896-1899 and was destroyed again during the World War II in 1941-1945. The partial renovation done by the Mill Hill Missionaries paved the way for its conversion into a school later on.

While taking photos of the ruins, I caught the attention of some school girls sitting by the window on the second floor. At first they were too shy to look down below and pose for a shot. With a little prodding though I was able to convince them to show their sweet Antiqueña smiles:

As it started to drizzle, we took a tricycle ride again and headed back south to the town of San Jose de Buenavista.


  1. dapat mag schedule jud ko diri bai :)

  2. earl. mao sad ni hitsura sa church kung asa ko na bunyagan ba. sa Gumaca, Quezon. Hope to visit my relatives there this coming summer, God willing.

  3. dili ako makaintindi kan istorya digdi :) ( nice shots Earl, sepia mode ba ginamit mo?)

  4. @estan: mga 2-3 hours ni from iloilo city can easily find these ruins since it is right beside the national highway.
    @bon: nindot ang mga old churches because of their historical significance.hoping ma-dayon ang imo pag-bakasyon didto.

  5. @lakwatsera: mga Bisaya kasi kami Claire.hehehe. I edited the pics using photoscape, converted them to sepia and filtered with film effect (cross process). zero knowledge pa kasi ako sa photoshop at tamad akong mag-aral. :)

  6. The church looks beautiful. And same with Estan, kailangan mapunthan to. :)

  7. @Cedric: I am really amazed that there are lots of beautiful old churches in the Visayas. I wish I could visit them all.

  8. Great feat Earl!
    I missed Antique, my second home in Western Visayas. Naagian ninyo ang among campus sa UP Visayas in Miagao, on the Iloilo to San Jose leg of your trip.

    Ayos pag treat nimo sa photos Earl. Nagbarko mo? the better way to approach W.Visayas, magnificent view along Guimaras Straits.

    Hangtud sa imong sunod suroy.


  9. @gali:salamat waltz!sige diay ka sa antique sa una?nag-barko mi from cdo to iloilo pero gabii na paglabay namo guimaras.pero naka-adto ra mi sa guimaras pagka-sabado, so watch out for my next post. : )

  10. Great photographs. It shows that Philippine architectures are last for more than centuries and this is the real proof.

  11. I am from Patnongon, Antique, and the first picture with a belfry is now a high school, the St. Augustine's Academy where I am an alumnus.

    The second picture used to be a municipal hall of Patnongon during the Spanish era.

  12. It's breath-taking, hoping to visit Antique one of these days. This place would be on my list!

  13. sayang naman ng old structure jan napabayaan n ata huhuhuhu! dapat ayusin n yan bago p gumuho... ang mga old structure at kayamanan natin mga pilipino ito rin po ang communication natin sa nakaraan...

  14. hope you visit in 1744 old chuch in san pedro san jose antique if you gt inside of that chuch and you have a white tshirt, you glow like an angel


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