Spanish-era cemetery in Balaoan, La Union demolished; replaced with cockpit arena

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via Inquirer, 11 March 2019: The previous story was good news, but this piece was bad news. A colonial cemetery site was illegally demolished last year in northern Philippines, and in its place is a stadium.

A cockpit arena now stands at the site of the Spanish-era cemetery of Balaoan in La Union following its demolition last year.

The circular cemetery together with the town’s convent was built by Fr. Casimiro Melgosa in 1877.

It was where the seven martyrs of Balaoan were executed by Spanish authorities during the 1896 Philippine revolution.

A descendant of one of those martyrs, Emilie Obaldo, a heritage advocate based in the United States, lamented the demolition.

“If this issue is a violation of any existing Philippine law protecting historical structures, then whoever demolished Balaoan’s public cemetery should be held accountable,” said Obaldo. (She is sister of mayoralty candidate General Pedro Obaldo Jr.

The “desecrated” cemetery, she said, “has been untouched for years, evident that it has always been a public property.” But it appears to have been transferred to private ownership.

Source: Spanish-era cemetery in Balaoan, La Union demolished; replaced with cockpit arena | Inquirer Lifestyle

Digging into the past

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via The Star, 11 October 2018: Walking tours of the Protestant cemetery of Penang

Source: The Star 20181011

Source: The Star 20181011

The 229-year-old Protestant Cemetery in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is the final resting place for many prominent personalities who contributed to the early development of George Town.

One of them was Philip Dundas who was appointed Penang’s first governor by the East India Company in 1805.

His governance lasted only two years, as he succumbed to malaria at the age of 44.

Local historian Clement Liang, who led a tour of the cemetery, said the cemetery was also home to other governors who served after him.

Source: Digging into the past – Metro News | The Star Online

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Excavations at Lombok cemetery suggests palace complex beneath

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Cemetery in Lombok may be part of an ancient palace ground. Source: Kabar24 20150117

A cemetery in Lombok may be part of a larger palace complex dating to the Majapahit kingdom.

Cemetery in Lombok may be part of an ancient palace ground. Source: Kabar24 20150117

Cemetery in Lombok may be part of an ancient palace ground. Source: Kabar24 20150117

Istana Rahasia Ditemukan Di Kompleks Pemakaman, Terkait Kerajaan Majapahit?
Kabar24, 17 January 2014
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