At left is a file photo of the 400-year-old watchtower known as the Luna Baluarte when it was wrecked after typhoon Lando in 2005. Below is the restored historical landmark sitting on the coast of Barangay Victoria in Luna, La Union. It now has a boardwalk along the beach for retirees and exercise fanatics. (Erwin G. Beleo)
Luna, La Union ??" The Luna Baluarte, a 400-year-old historical landmark that had slowly powdered away on the coast of Victoria in this town has been restored and now stands as majestic as it did in the early Spanish times.
Considered as one of the country's national ...
The restoration of a 400-year-old historical landmark in Barangay Victoria was recently completed.
The Baluarte of Luna, one of the watchtowers built on the shores of La Union during the Spanish era, is considered a national treasure by the National Historical Institute.
Luna Mayor Victor Marvin Marron told The STAR that the Baluarte, half of which had collapsed after it was toppled by big waves and strong winds brought by typhoons, has been completed at a cost of P6 million with materials that look like those used by the Spaniards.
The Baluarte was used by the Spanish soldiers to spo ...
The 400-year-old watchtower, known to residents and tourists in the coastal town of Luna in La Union province as "Baluarte" (fortress), is whole again.
Half of the 5.6-meter high Spanish-era structure collapsed due to strong waves generated by Typhoon "Lando" (international name: Koppu) in October 2015.
The typhoon left the other half standing but waves and strong winds washed fragments of the debris toward the sea.
Government historians and conservation experts oversaw repairs on the tower, working hard to approximate the structure's architectural design and materials.
The restore ...
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