Historic Patnongon, Antique Province, Philippines

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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.

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

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.

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Students ham it up for the camera. Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

My appearance with a camera caused a considerable stir.  I hope classes were not too disrupted.

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Former Spanish Convent (now St. Augustine's Academy), Patnongon, Antique Province

Abandoned stone building, Patnongon, Antique Province

Abandoned stone building, Patnongon, Antique Province

Just beyond St. Augustine’s, is a roofless, abandoned old building, crying out to be explored and explained.

Old Spanish stone bridge, Patnongon, Antique Province, Philippines

Old Spanish stone bridge, Patnongon, Antique Province, Philippines

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: tourism_antique@yahoo.com

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/

Comments, corrections and additional information on Patnongon appreciated.  Leave a comment below or e-mail to: hammerslag@gmail.com

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  1. our house are just few steps away from the st. augustine”s academy. i still could remember the great walls of the whole area which were destroyed. we often play inside the compound of the area when we were children. the compound was scary because this was made as a japanese garrizon during the war and hundreds of skeletons were found inside the compound. the new building’s lot was formerly owned by my grandmother, salvacion alvaniz abierra. many strries to tell by lets just end here. tnx for posting patnongon.

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  2. May I know the current situation now of that abandoned building? I am an architect and maybe I can help to rejuvenate the building. Tnx.

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    • Kel,

      I have not been to Patnongon is a few years and am not sure if there is any change in the status of the building. Probably not.

      Bob

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    • Toni,

      We drive our own vehicle but there are more or less continuous Ceres Liners and vans (I prefer the Ceres Liners) from Iloilo City (Molo terminal) to San Jose, Antique and from San Jose onward north to Libertad and Caticlan (Boracay). BTW, I did take a look at Modern Families.

      Bob

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  3. The pictures are just awesome! They reminded me of my high school days in this school where I graduated in 1978. As young frolicking and adventurous students, we used to scale its walls leading to the belfry tower where we relax and enjoy the scenery of Patnongon town. Thank you!

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  4. Thanks a lot for posting the historical remnants of Patnongon, my beloved hometown ! I am hoping that our municipal officials headed by Hon. Johnnyflores Bacongallo will do much appreciation in campaigning and boosting the significant beauty that may attract tourist by doing like this. May my hometown will not remained as antique as other may think that it can be. This may be a window to everyone that later on will see the inner beauty of Patnongon……
    May God Bless the Beauty and tranform Patnongon into a progressive one Mabuhay ang Patnonganon Mabuhay kita nga tanan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I want to thank you for posting my home town.
    I’m very thankful for people like you. I’m proud to see my Province..

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  6. I appreciate your post about my home town. I have 3 siblings that graduated from St. Augustine’s Academy. That old building use to be a municipal building during Spanish time according to my parents.

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  7. This picture is wonderful, I went to school in St. Augustyn Academy and attend church service on Sunday..This is my home town..Thank you for posting my town!!!

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