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September 08, 2011

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Historical Church of Poro

The most visible and tangible reminder of Spain's legacy to the Filipinos is the" simbahan" or the church which is usually found at the center of most towns. Other religious structures are also reminders of Christianization which somehow give us an idea of how religion influenced our architecture. The historical church of Poro was built in 1849. It was built in 1849, by the Augustinian friars. Each cubes from the wall is made of coral stones from the sea and stone roofed with tile. The stone were pasted together with eggwhites. It represents the hard manual labor of the local people from the past. The natives were flogged or put to prison if they were idle and did not work .

Bygone era. Remnant of a genteel life as typified in this piece of architecture.

If you look closely at the facial features of the natives of this island, they are strongly marked with spanish ancestry whose lineage could be traced to the friars and missionaries who set up this churches.. Until today, this church is still the center of social activities which revolve around the island. They also house some religious relics from the late 18th century as well as World War II paraphernalias which could be found all over the island. As this island was a popular Japanese hide-away during the second World War.