Travel Bug: Barili Structures

barili is just another sleepy town on the way to moalboal, badian or kawasan that people rarely get to appreciate the potential heritage and cultural richness of the town. roughly 65 kilometers south west of Cebu City or an hour and a half drive, one travels all the way to carcar then cut through the mountain to end up in barili.

if there's any frustration on my part it would be the lack of knowledge about filipino design influences specially for old architectures (houses, churches etc). from an uninformed perspective, majority of the houses follow the balay-na-bato (house of stone) design which is a generalization of houses structured like a rectangle with a solid base and a second floor that is usually lined with capiz windows.

a typical facade design

another typical design with a solid wooden base.

first level fortified with hollow blocks

the window slats replaced with solid panels

a window variation that combine capiz
and wooden blinds

sadly, the original structures have been modified probably due to deterioration of the primary material. you see a lot of the solid bases replaced or fortified by hollow blocs or capiz windows replaced by solid wooden slats.

around town, there are other interesting house structures that caught my eye.

detail and full view of a bungalow inspired design

along the national road almost right across the new municipal hall, you'll spy this interesting accent on the wall where a potted tree seem to stick out.

a full frontal detail of the potted tree

Residence, Tony and Liz Yu

the wall hide the ancestral Abad house from passing traffic. there is a strong history attached to this house that was later owned by the Paces family, converted into an academy and eventually bought and restored by the current owners: Tony and Liz Yu.


aside from the general architectural design themes observed, there are other elements unique to each house. the roof awning (underside of the roof that goes beyond the walls) feature intricate patterns:

click on the images for a bigger picture

another interesting structure can be found along the main road in barangay guibuangan. hospicio de san jose is different in its facade and design influence, featuring pointed turrets as a strong theme. the story behind this home for the aged is very interesting and deserve another tale...

hospicio de san jose

and just in case you decide to retrace my wandering foot in barili, make sure to look for this house that bears the name of Jose Estrada, NFA Rice Dealer.

Pictures by: Me
Equipment: Canon AS650 IS

errata: a reader commented that it should be Tony and Liz Yu -> thanks for that one.


maicui said…
its tony & liz YU not (UY0
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