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Why Punta Cruz Watch Tower is special ?
Punta Cruz Watch Tower, or The Fort of Saint Vincent Ferrer is a Spanish colonial era watchtower located at the western tip of the municipality of Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines. Also known as Maribojoc Watchtower because of its geographical location, it is located three kilometers (1.9 mi) away from Maribojoc Church. It is known for being the "only perfect isosceles triangle" tower-fort structure in the Philippines.
The Spanish had it build in 1796 as a look-out post against pirates and Muslim marauders, who at that time where a plague to the people of Bohol. The watchtower experienced moderate to serious damage based on a technical assessment done by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts after the 2013 Bohol earthquake.
What to explore at Punta Cruz Watch Tower?
The watchtower consists of 2 levels: a triangular-shaped 1st level, and a smaller hexagonal-shaped 2nd level. Unfortunately, last year’s M7.2 earthquake damaged the tower, collapsing the 2nd level and damaging the facade, including the Spanish inscription sculpted above the main entrance to the tower. Restoration works are ongoing, but the same can’t be said of the town’s church which was completely destroyed.
Today, while the Punta Cruz watchtower no longer serves as a high, safe place from which a guard can keep watch for approaching invaders. It still provides an excellent view. It is still one of the favored tourist attractions in the island, especially among historians.
How to get to Punta Cruz Watch Tower?
Catch a bus at the Tagbilaran Integrated Bus Terminal in Dao. Most buses going in to Tubigon will pass along Punta Cruz. Ask the driver to drop you off at Punta Cruz, and walk down for about 500 meters to the watch tower.
- An interesting and mysterious old structure
- Great views across the water
- Pleasant spot for a picnic
- Very pleasant views; interesting old stone tower
- Really cool pace, but off the beaten path
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Tips for you
Unfortunately since the Earthquake this has not been restored so you can't go inside and view from the Tower. A real shame. Still enjoyed it though although it's incredibly difficult to find on a motorbike; and maybe that's why we enjoyed it so much. Can't really recommend people make a special effort to get here though. But for the adventurous types on bikes you can combine doing it with Mag - aso Falls and then it's worthwhile. Nb the entrance to it you will almost certainly miss though so ask locals.