Conservation / Restoration of the Panglao Watchtower in Panglao Island, Province of Bohol

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites

Program Year: 2012

Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila

Partner: National Museum of the Philippines         

Amount: US$15,000

Status: Completed

Project Summary: This Project supported the first phase of conservation work for the Panglao Watchtower, which covered the restoration of the exteriors. The watchtower is a unique example of Spanish military architecture and serves as testament to the ingenuity of its builders. The tallest watchtower in Panglao, it has five stories and faces the Mindanao Sea. Due to material decay and exposure to the adverse environment of a coastal zone, the watchtower required immediate intervention. The scope of work included architectural documentation, structural stabilization and consolidation of masonry walls, removal of vegetation, and repair and retrofit of the roof and structural wood framing.

Citation: The Panglao Watchtower is listed as a National Cultural Treasure in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties.