Photo Challenge 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

cows-smallville-iloilo

A herd of cows walking through a commercial center in Iloilo in midday. I was so amused because this is an uncommon scene in the Philippines, especially in the urbans. And this particular area here is where the posh hotels in city are. I had no idea where they are headed to because they’re unsupervised but kept walking straight on the road. (Maybe they got away from Ted’s La Paz Batchoy Restaurant? hehe) (Taken in 2011 in Smallville, Iloilo City)

Photo Challenge 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church 1

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo is one of the four baroque churches in the Philippines. This collection of Spanish-era churches has been inscripted to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2003.

The unique architecture of the churches did not just reflect the adaptation of Spanish/Latin American architecture to the local environment (including the fusion with Chinese motifs), but also of the Church’s political influence. These churches had been subject to attacks by local revolts and rebellions, hence, most had the appearance of a fortress, rather than just serving as mere religious structures.