The photographs below, however, do not focus on construction projects of the bureau but rather on existing Spanish-era architecture still in existence in 1914 within the municipality of Taal. The July 1914 bulletin noted that there still existed at the time “many old buildings of a public and semi-public nature that are still in existence” in Batangas, and that these offered “conclusive evidence of an early period of prosperity” under the Spanish colonial government.
The photograph below is of the St. Martin de Tours Basilica, which the bulletin noted was a church that “has stood through a number of violent eruptions of this active volcano [Taal].” The same narrative recalled that the basilica was constructed starting 1764, the first Mass celebrated in 1766, and that work on the structure was concluded in 1771.
|The Taal Basilica. Image digitally extracted from the July 1914 edition o the Bureau of Public Works Quarterly Bulletin.|
Below, meanwhile, is a photograph showing the flight of steps from a church built by the Chinese [the Caysasay Shrine] up to the area of the basilica in the upper part of the town of Taal.
|A flight of steps leading from lower to upper Taal. Image digitally extracted from the July 1914 edition of the Bureau of Public Works Quarterly Bulletin.|
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