Road Trip to Cabatuan… Cemetery

By that I am referring to Cabatuan Cemetery in Cabatuan, Iloilo City, Region 6, Philippines, Asia.

It was not actually a road trip going to the cemetery. Who wants a road trip leading to the cemetery anyway? I chanced upon this place during our road trip from Iloilo City going to Janiauy – a province in Iloilo City, Philippines.  What I was looking forward to see during this road trip are the famous old Iloilo churches.  But…

this is what exactly caught my eyes
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Me: What is that?
Relative 1: (Grinning) “On no you don’t want to go there, it’s not a church,”
Me:  It looks mysterious, can we stop and check please?
Relative 2: (Wide eyed) It’s a cemetery!”
Me: Really? Wow it’s beautiful! Can we stop please? I’ll just take some quick shots
All Relatives:  We’re not going with you, you know… we’ll just stay in the car!
Me: Ok, but try to step on the breaks when the car drives by itself (grinning)
… and they all get out of the car (he he he)
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a treasure find!
amazing to chance upon this magnificent architectural structure along the highway
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To share some info from Mr. Wiki:
This century old Spanish-Filipino Cemetery is the only cemetery in the Philippines which is a perfect square. Three Byzantine arch entrances dominate the front-gate, while a baroque central chapel is located at the center. The chapel is a fusion of Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, and Baroque architectures. The complex carvings on the chapel's facade is considered to be the most distinct cemetery relief which can only be found in Cabatuan. Furthermore, this cemetery's neatness and organization is famous throughout the region.
And from philippineheritage.com:
Built of gray stone, the Cabatuan Cemetery was built by Fr. Juan Porras. The cemetery was blessed on 4 February 1894. Like Janiuay’s cemetery completed around the same time as Cabatuan’s; this cemetery is also built on a rise and approached through a flight of stairs. Its perimeter is surrounded by a fence of stone and wrought iron; the cemetery also has an octagonal mortuary chapel. The plan may be similar but the style is different. Here Classical and Romanesque elements dominate from the arch entrance of the main gate and its semicircular pediment, the use of arches for windows and door and even the arch shape repeated in the grille work. Baroque touches are evident in the rosettes decorating the gate and the mortuary chapel and the vase finials of the mortuary. Like Janiuay, Cabatuan has lost its dome shaped roof replaced by a flat cement roof. (Panublion)
Too bad they won’t allow me to further explore the place, so we just had some fun around the magnificent gate
Boo!
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It could have been exciting to explore more behind these mysterious wrought irons.  Talk to the creatures who stay there if possible (LOL).  But as I have mentioned this is just a side trip.  We have yet to explore three towns and its churches.  I’ll be sharing with you this road trip on another post.

The road trip that we were able to do after chasing the car that drove by itself!  Awooo…

34 comments:

  1. Ganda nga yun design, Baroque inspied ba naman e.. pero it's still a cemetery! Haha.. Ang bad mo, tinakot mo talaga yun mga kasama mo! Kung umaga naman at maliwanag, keri pa kita samahan dyan.. wag lang gabi, hehe..

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    1. Mysterious yung itsura nya Juana mapapa-chek ka talaga pag nadaanan mo. Mas exciting sana kung gabi ha ha

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  2. ang gand nga, parang park lang na nasa renaissance era, parang ang srap ilibing jan haha. Enjoy your trip Ate. Ingat!

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    1. Natawa naman ako Gene sa "parang ang sarap ilibing jan" ha ha ha.

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  3. Dapat naman talaga hindi nakakatakot ang cemetery diba, dapat ganyan parang pasyalan din at may magandang arkitektura. dito naman church at cemetery nila magkapitbahay lang kaya wala na yung mahabang prusisyon after mass. yun lang share ko lang

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    1. Thanks for sharing Gracie.
      Mas ok nga kung ganyan din set-up dito. Naku alam mo naman dito satin, kadalasan ang sementeryo gawaan ng mga anomalya :(

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  4. creppy naman ... hahaha first time kong makakkita ng post sa blog about cemetery hahaha ...

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    1. ha ha ha nakiki-trend lang sa Halloween Kulapitot, para maiba naman. Hayan at least may first time ka na sa "cemetery post" ha ha ha

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  5. Wow! Ang tapang mo. hi hi. ANyway, it was worth visiting. It was a nice cemetery and has history too:)

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    1. ha ha mahilig ako sa mga creepy real situations Joy. Na-amaze din nga ako sa history nya :)

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  6. Mahilig ako sa architecture. Maganda nga ang design. Sa iloilo marami ding mga churches na magaganda talaga. :)

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    1. Oo Archieviner sobrang ganda ng built nya. At ang linis talaga ng aura ng cemetery nato.

      I'll be sharing a lot of posts about old Iloilo churches :)

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  7. Ganga ng design ng cemetery nila. BTW, thanks at nilagyan mo ng Region 6, di ko na yata alam yong mga Region natin dyan sa pinas. All your images are superb.

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    1. THANKS Mhie!
      OO sis pag road trip nilalagyan ko talaga ng exact location for reader's info :)
      the photos are taken as usual from my ever reliable digicam ;)

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  8. naku ung dito samen parang maze na saka bahain haha

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    1. Eeew MEcoy yan ang ayoko! yung binabahang sementeryo yay! :(

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  9. ang ganda nga ng structure pero ang scary naman ng aura. hahaha. takot nga ako minsan pa picture sa mga madidilim na lugar baka me katabi na ako sa picture. sa cemetery pa kaya. hahaha. pero in fairness unique pala tong cemetery nato ha.

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    1. ha ha ha mysterious ang aura nya promised.
      ako ok lang magpa pic sa mga ganitong places. maa-appreciate ko pag may lumitaw na kasama sa pic ha ha

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  10. D sya mukhang sementeryo ano kung d mo makikita yung mga puntod.

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    1. Yes Anney. when we were passing by akala ko nga kung anong historical site, sememteryo pala...

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  11. It was good you passed by the cemetery in the daytime :) I'm sure the relatives won't step let you out of the car or take pics when it's night time :)

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    1. Magpupumilit pa rin akong magpa pic Zai kahit gabi. Mas ecting nga yun ha ha.
      THANKS fro dropping by and for the follow :)

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  12. Yong unang pic, akala ko gate ng isang mansyon. Ganda ng design!

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    1. Super ganda talaga lakwatsero! puntahan mo rin yan ha :)

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  13. Nice place, But I do't like Cemetery

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    1. Yes Roffe it is really a nice looking place. ha ha I think I'm among the few people who appreciate such place :)

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  14. cool nga ng place na ito at kung ako rin madaan dyan mapapahinto rin ako.

    last year, nat-trip kaming magkabigan na mag-visita libingan. Kaso mas mahirap pala yon kaysa Visita Iglesia. hehehe

    hihintayin ko po ang inyong update sa inyong Iloilo trip.

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    1. Grabe ka "hito"! visita libingan??? ngayon ko lang narinig yan lol. but hmn... binigyan mo ako ng idea, parang trip kong gawin yan ha ha

      actually I have lots of Iloilo trip. Gagawan ko na nga sya ng category dito na "When in Iloilo". The one I'm referring to this post is a particular road trip to three towns only :)

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  15. Miss Balut,
    thank you for featuring our old cemetery, you should have also featured our old church.
    by the way, inside the chapel laid the remains of our great forebears.
    again, thank you and more power

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    1. Hello you're welcome and it's my pleasure to post about this great place!

      If you are referring to Cabatuan Church - it will be included in my next "Road Trip" post together with the towns of Sta. Barbara, Janiuay and Pavia. Unfortunately wala akong inner shots of these churches because they were closed when we had our road trip.

      I'm really glad knowing na may nakaka-appreciate ng mga post ko na katulad mo at maraming salamat sa dagdag na information about Cabatuan Cemetery. Iloilo has a lot of history and heritage and I am planning to explore more.

      Again, thank you. I hope to see you more often on my humble site. This comment box is for all of you and don't hesitate to leave a message on my contact page if you need to.

      Regards and cheers!

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  16. Magkaiba po ang town of janiauy sa town of Cabatuan.Ang town of Janiuay from the town of Cabatuan.is about 10kms pa po.Ang Iloilo airport ay located pa sa Cabatuan .


    salamat po miss balut sa pag bisita mo sa town namin

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    1. Hi Asyong Ade THANKS very much for your comments :)

      Yes I'm aware that Cabatuan and Janiuay are two separate towns :) I must have mistype the heading (now corrected). What I meant in this post is that we passed by the Cabatuan Cemetery on the way to Janiuay town.

      As for the Iloilo International Airport, it is actually located in the boundaries of Cabatuan and Santa Barbara towns.

      By the way I have a series of posts about Iloilo City where I posted about:

      The Iloilo International Airport

      Road Trip to Molo

      Road Trip to Barotac Nuevo

      Places to Hang Out

      Road Trip To Janiuay and Three Churches

      Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara and Pavia Churches

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH for passing by my blog and especially for your comments - appreciate it much.

      I hope to see you again here :)

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  17. welcome po miss balut sana nakapasok pa kayo sa loob ng church.god bless and more power sa road trip nyo.
    thank you.

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  18. nasa natikman nyo din ang masarap at famous na LEAH's TINUOM sa CABATUAN salamat ulit sa pgpunta nyo god bless po.

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