The cemetery of Cabatuan, Iloilo, is one of the fewest cemeteries in the Philippines with Historic significance and an extant Hispanic Artistry. Perhaps, compared to other cemteries in Iloilo, this cemetery is a model of zoning and layout. Thus, we Cabatuananons have the previlege to boast such historic site, but first, we should make this cemetery a must see place that will mark a page on Iloilo's tourism guidebooks, and perhaps we could make it into National publications.
The cemetery though obviously, a colonial structure is plain and boring to the uncritical eye. Viewers might not notice the yellowish brick limestone which now turned into greenish-gray or the rosettes carved on the cemetery arches. Constant cleaning will help the cemetery restore it's colonial appeal. Much of the Finials which crown the gate pilars were removed, or destroyed, the best replacement though are concrete angel statuaries which will lift the cemetery's simple neoclassic appearance to a much adorned Baroque view.A Photomanipulation
: Cabatuan Cemetery with Kneeling angel statuaries
The arch entrances of Cabatuan Cemetery, though similar with the retablos in Cabatuan Church are plain and simple. The best installment are angelic statuaries which will crown and enlighten the massive byzantine arches.
A photomanipulation: Cabatuan Cemetery with limestone angel statues on beside the arch pediment.
The main motiff of Cabatuan Cemetery is simplicity. any restoration should not exceed from the Cemetery's architectural scope. Cabatuan cemetery is a place worth seeing, here is a place of history and artistry, a place of magnificence that could capture any eye.
Cabatuan cemetrey: Walled City of Souls.
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note: The photos shown above are edited versions of the original structure, statuaries and angels do not exist on the real cemetery gates, these will only give ideas on what the cemetery would look life after a possible restoration.