Monday, October 21, 2013

SPANISH WATCHTOWERS #1&2 San Fernando City and San Juan (La Union)

 
"Strategically located at the shores of the west Philippine sea, these structures served as posts to guard the shores from intruders during the Spanish period.
Inspired, I went to see them and did some on-site sketching"
-pagnapagna


Watchtower at San Fernando City, La Union
 

This old watchtower is basically made up of coral stones, circular in plan overlooking the San Fernando bay area. We refer to it as the "Moro Watchtower" because historically it is said that it was used as guarding post against "Moro pirates" during the Spanish period.

Trees and other plants are slowly rooting their way to its rough exterior wall.
Through the years it was owned privately and it was recently donated to the City of San Fernando for historical development.

The recently added ornaments on the entrance


There where some modifications made by its previous handlers. 

  •  the interior wall was thickened with concrete cement to support a wooden second floor (now damaged) and a reinforced concrete roof deck. Both the second floor and roof deck can be accessed with an outside concrete stairs.
  •  another opening was made on its upper wall as entrance to the added second floor level
  •  the entry openings where decorated with some cement ornaments.





Watchtower at San Juan, La Union





On sandy shore this circular watchtower stands. Few meters away lies some chunks of what it seems to be parts of the destroyed watchtower.


At the foreground is a chunk of what seems to be a part of the ruins

This watchtower is around 80 percent reconstructed. Only around 20 percent remained of the original brick and stone wall. The original wall can be seen at the northwest side of the watchtower. As of now, the walls are 80 percent made of reinforced concrete hollow blocks provided with reinforced concrete columns.


The remaining 20% original wall
"Sketching" on-site in San Juan, La Union
For my sketch of the watchtowers CLICK HERE

Below  is a short video I made on the two watchtowers

Subject   : “MORO WATCHTOWER”
Location : Barangay of Carlatan,
                 City of San Fernando,

                 Province of La Union
 

How to get there:
From Manila take a bus bound for any of these Nortwest Luzon places : Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Bangued (Abra), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur), and Candon City (Ilocos Sur) and San Fernando City (La Union). 
You have to get down at San Fernando City, La Union.

At San Fernando City, you may:
  • Ride a jeep going to “LINGSAT” but get down at the waiting shed going to Carille Terraces Restaurant (just after the Coca-Cola Plant). Walk your way to Carille Terraces where the watchtower is located beside their pavilion (turn right when near Oceana Apartments).
  •  Ride a tricycle and tell the driver to get you to “Carrille Terraces” at Barangay Carlatan which is near Oceana Apartments.

Subject   : Watchtower at San Juan
Location : Barangay of
                 Municipality of San Juan,

                 Province of La Union


How to get there:
From Manila take a bus bound for any of these Nortwest Luzon places : Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Bangued (Abra), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur), and Candon City (Ilocos Sur) and San Fernando City (La Union). 
But you have to get down at the Town Plaza of San Juan, La Union.
At the Town Plaza of San Juan, La Union:
  • Cross the road to get to the “Municipal Hall area” and walk your way to a road at the back of the said area where you can see an Elementary School. Walk on the road (going west) just beside and north of the school that leads to the seaside where the “watchtower” is also located.

When you happen to be at San Fernando City, La Union:
Ride a jeep bound for any of these:
  • “San Gabriel”, “Bacnotan” or “Sto. Rosario, San Juan” but you have to get down at the Town Plaza of San Juan which is just infront of the Municipal Hall.At the Plaza, cross the road to get to the “Municipal Hall area” and walk your way to a road at the back of the said area where you can see an Elementary School. Walk on the road (going west) just beside and north of the school that leads to the seaside where the “watchtower” is also located.

For the other Ilocos Watchtowers:




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2 comments:

  1. the one in San Juan I can find clearly on google earth but not the one in san fernando but your directions are clear there. the one in Pugo i may need to find the old fashioned way...thanks for blogging and keep it up :)

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