The honeycomb tombs of Dimiao's Ermita Ruins

Ermita Ruins

Beside the huge centuries-old Dimiao church is Ermita Ruins that was built between 1800 and 1815 by Fr.Enrique de Santo de Villanueva. Ermita ruins resemble Paco Cemetery. It has a surrounding wall arranged like honeycomb-like tombs, which make it the only structure unique to the Philippines.

Ermita Ruins

I have not known any historical fact about the place until I read about the dilapidated marker. But the other parts were no longer readable that I did not bother to comprehend it.

Ermita Ruins

While photographing, I felt something eerie about the place that I decided not to linger. A few photographs, I thought, was more than enough. I am one person who can feel a presence of ghosts or spirits, but I just do not entertain them.

I have not told this to my companions. I did not know if it was the looming rain, but it was not. I just did not like what I felt.  It was dense, chaotic, or "noisy" despite the fact that it was totally a deserted place. There seems to be a confusion.

Ermita Ruins

Recognizing this, I had to "ask permission" that I will just take photos of the place and thanked them afterward. I wished I could capture something through my lens, but there was none. Thank heavens!

Be that as it may, I was trying to find out more about this place and found Dimiao's website and I was stunned by what I read about its past.

The rest of the photos are here.

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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.


Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

the last photo looks eerie nga. haunting but beautiful. :)

Adelle said...

the look of the place gives me the shivers...the tombs look really some disembodied hand will grab your leg as you walk by..

Admin/Author said...

Thanks, Earl!

Admin/Author said...

Indeed, Adelle! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Because of this post, I learned about the meaning of Ermita. A small church or chapel in a lonely place. But opposite to what I have known as Ermita today, the place is not lonely. Its a total opposite, its so noisy, overcrowded and the other way around. :-).

Admin/Author said...

Thanks, Bonz. Yeah, my realization, too!