Kuta Shrine in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro

Front view of Kuta Shrine. Built in the 17th century during the Spanish regime by the Augustinian Recollects. Located in Barangay Anilao which is approximately 17 kilometers from the town proper of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines.

Front view of Kuta Shrine. Built in the 17th century during the Spanish regime by the Augustinian Recollects. Located in Barangay Anilao which is approximately 17 kilometers from the town proper of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines.

 

Church wall made from corals. The main structure of the shrine was constructed using corals and lime. Contrary to the myth that it was built overnight, the church was finished and then renovated.

Church wall made from corals. The main structure of the shrine was constructed using corals and lime. Contrary to the myth that it was built overnight, the church was finished and then renovated.

 

Balete tree (hemiepiphytes) on the church’s wall. The church also became the community’s fortress and multi-function structure used by the people before. It was abandoned by the community and was believed to have been burned down.

Balete tree (hemiepiphytes) on the church’s wall. The church also became the community’s fortress and multi-function structure used by the people before. It was abandoned by the community and was believed to have been burned down.

 

Hardworking ants saving until it rains climbing up to the vines of string beans. String beans or green beans in other countries is another popular variety of beans cultivated throughout the Philippines.

Hardworking ants saving until it rains climbing up to the vines of string beans. String beans or green beans in other countries is another popular variety of beans cultivated throughout the Philippines.

 

Mangyan residents in Bongabong. Mangyan is another indigenous groups in Mindoro, Philippines, mainly subsistence agriculturalists, planting a variety of sweet potato, upland rice, and taro.

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