Church of Nuestra Señora de Peña de Francia

The Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine is a short jeepney ride away from my house. I’m very fortunate to live in a city that has some of the country’s oldest existing examples of architecture.

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Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú

Part of my tour of Cebu City was a visit to the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child. Much of the belfry was damaged in an October 2013 earthquake. The picture above shows the locations of the plaque, the coat of arms (on the ground), the entrance, and the arch shown in the pictures below. Continue reading “Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú”

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

During my recent trip to Cebu City, I passed by the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod near SM Seaside City. (It seems that there is another Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod at the SM Aura Premier in Fort Bonifacio Global City.) They say that the chapel has 100 walls of different widths and heights.

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Lego Architecture: Villa Savoye

When I was young, I wanted to be an architect. In high school I became enamored of brutalist architecture in general and of Le Corbusier‘s Unité d’Habitation in particular. Yesterday I learned about Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. (The picture below is from Wikipedia.)

Young architect-wannabes can now create scale models of famous buildings using LEGO Architecture. In September 2012, the Villa Savoye model was released. (A related booklet can be found here. A nice article about it is here.)

(I got the two pictures above from here.)

St. Dominic de Guzman Church

Yesterday, I passed by St. Dominic de Guzman Church in Santo Domingo, Albay and below are some pictures I took of it.


I couldn’t find any writing on its outside walls or on the walls surrounding it with any information about it, like its name or its date of construction.


The person at the Parish Office could not provide me any written material about the church.  She didn’t know when the church was built.  Some internet sources give the date as 1820.


The church seemed to be closed, so I didn’t enter it.


Below is an older picture of the church (taken from here).