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History in a Seat


History fascinates me. And so when I travel, even without meaning to, Β I always end up getting factsΒ 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.

15 thoughts on “History in a Seat”

  1. great bench :-)very informative, thank you for the information πŸ™‚ Dropping some love for Thursday Brownies, hope that you can return the favor too.

  2. Bohol just have a lot of history at their disposal. I think it’s all around Bohol. Everywhere you go there, there’s a historical value.

  3. It’s been ages since my last visit to Bohol. I was able to take pics of Baclayon Church too. Bohol is one place that will always be included in Philippine History.

  4. very interesting travel info πŸ™‚ i didn’t know that pews back then posed some sort of status symbol too.
    keep on traveling, and sharing! πŸ™‚
    thanks for the TT visit.
    hope to see you more ^^

    1. Hello KM πŸ˜‰
      I am actually from Bohol but now based in Mindanao. Only during that visit last year did I learn about those specific designs or seals. I was even told that the front pews at church would be reserved for those in government or the “higher class”, mostly Spanish. This was really the issue of the late Jose Rizal back then. Status and class were such a big deal perpetuated by the Spaniards in our country which was not really the case in Spain then as observed by Rizal.

  5. what a great piece of history, that is very cool πŸ™‚ Dropping some love for TT, hope that you can return the favor too.

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