In the 333 years that the Spaniards ruled the Philippines, every able-bodied males were asked to offer to the church/state a certain number of days of service in a year. For instance, churches are always constructed mainly by the inhabitants themselves. According to accounts, all male residents in Sibonga were asked to deliver two big stones to church every Monday. Skilled workers like masons, painters and carpenters often volunteered and were rewarded little except with the belief that they will be rewarded in the next life.
the Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar of Sibonga, South Cebu, the Philippines
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