Digital photo narrative of our visit to Patnongon, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining.
Our next stop was Patnongon, Antique. Bob worked 23 years for a historic preservation NGO in rural New York. His eyes light up when he sees old buildings so Patnongon was right up his alley. St. Augustine Academy is the centerpiece of Patnongon. The very helpful Panublion Project of the Ateneo de Manila University informs us that Patanongon was founded as a visita of Sibalon in 1761, Patnongon was placed under the patronage of San Agustin. It was made an independent parish in 1762, with Fray Francisco Amperosa as first parish priest but reverted as a visita of Sibalon in 1778. The parish was re-established in 1841 with Fray Joaquin Lopez appointed as parish priest.
The St. Augustine Academy was built as a convent in the late 19th century as part of a larger church complex. While we can regret that other elements of the complex have been lost, the convent itself is a classical revival treasure. Hopefully we can return and explore and understand more about the former church complex.
My appearance with a camera caused a considerable stir. I hope classes were not too disrupted.
Just beyond St. Augustine’s, is a roofless, abandoned old building, crying out to be explored and explained.
The National Highway and all its 21st century traffic still utilize this old Spanish bridge or culvert in Patnongon.
Between Patnongon and Bugasong a long winding side road leads to the mountain town of Valderrama and the Villa Valderrama Mountain Resort. This is on our list for future exploration. Evidently, the resort was developed by the municipality. A call to the provincial tourism office in San Jose may give advance information on the availability of lodging and meals at Valderrama: Mr. Florentino Egida, Antique Provincial Tourism Office, phone: 036-540-9765, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: this post is a section of a longer narrative about a trip from Iloilo City to Boracay. The full narrative can be found at: /iloilo-city-to-boracay-via-antique-province/
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