as i browse through the photos, i still can’t believe that these churches have been damaged by the earthquake last October 2013. if i could walk through the walls again, maybe i would try to soak up all of the beautiful imagery i could than just stand there and take pictures. pictures are great but seeing the real thing and being in awe its proportion to your small size — it’s just an awesome feeling and overwhelmingly so.
from the bee farm, we headed to Dauis to visit Dauis Church. what immediately caught my attention was the belfry which had spikes that i associate with european gothic churches. inside, you see a mix of the old and new (albeit a bit tacky). the new paint on the walls didn’t seem to blend quite well with the antique finish of the retablos and altars. still the artwork on the sanctuary ceiling were a sight.
to the right, there is a corridor with marble tombstones on the floor. my college history professor told me that if your family was influential, your ancestors would likely be buried inside a church. it was clear that the remains interred within the church were buried during the Spanish colonial era as the epitaphs were in Spanish. the corridor leads to what was apparently the old sacristy which still has the credens and crucifix. i do not know if these were still used because i had no one to ask. no tour guides or even friendly ‘manangs’ were around. i was actually afraid we were trespassing but nobody called our attention.
a quick dash to the Hinagdanan Cave and we were off to the next location. it was an ‘interesting’ spot but i didn’t feel any affinity for the dark, damp underground cave. maybe because it was a tourist spot rather than an excavation site for geology or anthropological research. on the surface, though, i was drawn to the rock riddled with holes – whether by air pockets, roots, or erosion. it was a curious sight that interested me but we had to move on.
the Nova Shell Museum was next on the list. another tourist-y spot but we get to look for trinkets as pasalubong here. 🙂 the story of the collection was quite interesting but you are almost immediately lost because of the vast number of specimen around you. perhaps that’s why i never got into biology in high school. a few species and i’m good. but minor differences between species lengthening the species list and i begin to lose interest. 😛 the variety of the shells were dizzying so i had to step outside and stare at these whale and shark teeth.
Panglao church wasn’t as damaged as Baclayon and Dauis, but people are still concerned about the octagonal watchtower built in 1851. we didn’t get to tour its interiors because we were late and the church was closed for the day.
what did i get for all of the day’s troubles, including the morning beach-hopping? this: