History in a Seat

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History fascinates me. And so when I travel, even without meaning to,  I always end up getting facts and photos of a historical place, some artifacts and the people behind them.

On a trip to Bohol, Philippines with my hubby, we dropped by Baclayon church. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. By the way, Bohol is my land of birth.

Adjacent to the church is a convent which has been transformed into a museum. What caught my interest as we went inside the church were some antiquated pews. These pews were said to be of use during the Spanish time (during the 1500’s-1800’s when the Philippines was made a colony of Spain). Apparently, if you were a government official during those times, your pew or seat would have a specific seal or design.

The photo shows one of the wooden pews, reddish brown in color, with the remarkable seal on it.

 

 

UPDATE: Bohol was hit by an Intensity 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. Baclayon church incurred heavy damages.