Baluarte in Lumang Bayan, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

Situated in the village of Lumang Bayan, this tower was constructed on a hill overlooking an old harbour and the surrounding bay. It stands as a testimony to the constant threat of piracy that plagued these waters well before the colonial period. Merchant ships hailing from China and later from Spain and the rest of Europe were constantly on their guard against seafaring criminals, and the watchtower was built out of concern for invading bands of Muslim marauders. 


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