29
Jan
08

Currimao Watchtowers • Currimao, Ilocos Norte

Most likely built in the late-18th century by the townspeople under the leadership of the Augustinian friars, the twin watchtowers of Currimao served to guard an important port; in fact, it served as the port of the capital Laoag. In Currimao, Tabacalera constructed its largest warehouse for tobacco, rice, indigo, maguey and other agricultural products.  Tabacalera opened a regular shipping route from Manila to Aparri with a stop at Currimao. Tabacalera’s brick and mortar warehouse was constructed in 1869. The defense of this port and its coast was important, hence, the watchtowers, which served to guard the northern and southern ends of the Port Currimao.The watchtowers’ construction antedated the formalization of Currimao as a port used by the Compañia General de Tabacos de Filipinas (Tabacalera). The towers were built  to warn of pirate attacks.  Some such groups established stations on the islands off Badoc from which they attacked coastal towns. 

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