Chada Valencia: The Spanish Sunken Fountain
To some this municipal plaza is nothing but ordinary…
Like most Spanish colonial towns, this town square is surrounded by the major social institutions – the market, the town hall, and the church.
Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish
The Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned is the only parish church left to the spiritual administration of the Augustinian Recollects in Negros Oriental. Originally, the parish was made of light materials when it was erected on March 31, 1854. In 1904, the Revolution leaders burned the church and the convent. With the generous help of the people, it was rebuilt. Father Pedro Ko, the longest serving Recollect parish priest of Valencia, was the one responsible for the construction of the actual concrete church and convent.
The local residents are blessed with a large town square. There is an open space where they can play team games like soccer and volleyball, have outdoor performance, and from what I’ve learned during special occasions like fiestas and Christmas, they have tiangges in the area.
But what makes this town square special (well, at least for me)?
Aside from it’s distinctive “sunken” style, the centerpiece is the silent witness of the town’s colorful historical past.
This ancient waterspout was built in the late 1800s by an Agustinian friar to provide water to the town channeled from a highland spring.
Although it is not being used as a source of water for the town anymore, my friend/navigator Reymund mentioned it can still spout water despite the tarnished pipes. They usually turn this on during fiestas and other special events.
Stuff like this give me a certain high because how cool is it to be able to see and touch some things from a hundred years back. And to think that it’s still working. Really cool, isn’t it?
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