Oct 29 2010

Exploring the Walled Town of Oslob

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A wall and a bastion at the eastern side which faces the highway and the coast.

I just got back home from an almost 300-kilometer trip starting from the eastern side of southern Cebu going all the way to the southernmost tip and looping up back north via the western side. As usual, I made several stopovers to a handful of old stone churches and watchtowers. What stirred up my interest was the sight of what appeared to be a citadel in the municipality of Oslob while we were on our way to another town.

Oslob’s Daanglungsod, a Cebuano term compounded from the words “daan lungsod” which literally means old town, is the site of the former Spanish-colonial era settlement of Oslob before it was transferred to its present-day location two kilometers to the north. The settlement was fortified with defensive walls and bastions to protect it from the usual threat of Moro slave raids from the south. It was in effect a walled town or settlement. Think about Manila’s famed Intramuros, the old walled city, and you will get an idea of what Daanglungsod is all about. Continue Reading »

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