One of my favorite philosopher, the late Terrence Mckenna, once said:
“The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Our tangible heritage is an essential part of this imagination.
Architecture, being one of the earliest and most constant expressions of development – hispano filipino architecture – is the product of the evolving Filipino imagination, as he was slowly shaping his own world in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
There’s a reason why there’s a sense of familiarity in themes and design. The antillean houses and churches were all built to establish an identifiable pattern. Clearly, the voicing out of the Filipino identity and culture.
Here are some more pictures I took in the Sts. of A. Reyes, V. De los Reyes, Plaridel, Singson & Luna: