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Patnongon Church

Posted by admin on January 13, 2008

One of three places where the Augustinians built a church and convento of stone and mortar, Patnongon has unfortunately lost its much of historic structures due to human agency.  Fray Manuel Asensio, appointed parish priest in 1860, commenced construction of the church.  The succeeding pastors, Sabas Fontecha (1872-89), Wenceslao Romero (1889) and Eustaquio Hera (1895) continued work on the complex and completed it.  Fray Joaquín Fernández designed and landscaped the church plaza in 1896.  Unfortunately, two yeas later the church was partially destroyed by revolucionarios.  Although the Mill Hill fathers repaired the convento, restoring its neoclassic lines, they demolished the remaining walls of the church, except for part of the façade, to make way for a school.

The existing historic remains at Patnongon and old pictures of the church show that both church and convento belonged to the neoclassical idiom.  The characteristics of both are shallow engaged pilasters, flat walls, pierced by arched windows.  The pilasters do not have proper capitals; in their place are horizontal bars of masonry.  The church represents a late colonial style characterized by greater simplicity and economy of ornamentation. (Panublion)

6 Responses to “Patnongon Church”

  1. michael flores said

    thank you for the information

  2. Emmanuel Crespo said

    A historic place.

  3. gurang said

    Here are a few more photos of Patnongon which we took on a recent trip: http://goiloilo.com/patnongon-antique-province-philippines/

    I saw a post from Ivan Henares about the availability of World Monument grants and immediately thought of writing a grant application of the Patnongon convent/St. Augustine’s Academy. That’s what I did for a living in New York for 20+ years — writing grant applications for restoration projects. Of course I realized that I had no connections, no permission and all that. But some year I’d like to give such an international application a try. Bob Hammerslag, Iloilo City

  4. gurang said

    Opps sorry, URL is http://goiloilo.com/patnongon-antique/

    Please correct the above post and delete this one.

  5. patnongon is a very historic place most especially during the spanish era…

  6. Karla Espartero said

    This is one of the websites that came out when I looked up Sabas Fontecha who is my great-great grandfather. I really wish I could know more about him. Thanks for this info!

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