Ramon Durano Foundation Compound

Satellite image of the Ramon Durano Foundation Compound in Guinsay, Danao City, Cebu.

Located in the northern outskirts of Danao City in Cebu is the Ramon Durano Foundation Compound. This is one of the last legacies of Ramon Durano, the powerful patriarch of the Durano Clan in Cebu (of which Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano is a member). We’ve also featured the Ramon Durano Sports Complex here in Vista Pinas before.

The compound, called “Foundation” by the locals, is a 2-hectare religious monument in Brgy. Guinsay which houses a Catholic church (seen in the satellite image as the rectangular building at the southern end). But what’s more interesting is the lavish tableau of busts and statues of various popes, saints, and events that occupy the rest of the compound. Quite visible in the satellite image in Google Maps are the 14 small white buildings each depicting a Station of the Cross. There’s also another set of 14 small huts near the eastern edge of the compound and I’m guessing that these depict the alternate version of the Stations.

Busts of the popes and buildings at the back at the Ramon Durano Foundation. Photo by leylander from the My Cebu Photo Blog.

Supposedly there is a bust for every Catholic pope from St. Peter up to possibly Pope Paul IV who reigned from 1963 until 1978. In addition, there are statues depicting the Holy Family, the Nativity scene, Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, among others. There’s even a rock there labeled “Calvary Rock,” which they say came all the way from Jerusalem.

To better appreciate the Foundation Compound, you’d best see these two travelogues: “The Guinsay, Danao Experience” by leylander and “Cebu Journal (part 5)” by David Kravetz. Both contain numerous photos of the compound, which would definitely delight the Christian iconologist.

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February 4, 2008
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  1. Mary jane Durano wrote on February 6, 2009 @ 02:07AM

    ….DURANO foundation is most uncompetitive foundation ive ever seen…We must be proud of it..

  2. gale wrote on September 16, 2009 @ 05:31AM

    gud day!. i wud lyk to ask the telephone number of the ramon durano foundation. tnx

  3. roy durano wrote on February 23, 2010 @ 02:43PM

    in search of roy fernandez durano

  4. Marlyn L. Durano wrote on July 24, 2010 @ 03:56PM

    …i hope Durano Family will have a reunion to be held at that place…and how i wish and dream that i can join that momentous event…i hope God will grant my wish…Godspeed!!!
    see u there…

  5. Angielyn durano valdez wrote on March 23, 2011 @ 05:52PM

    ….hello durano family??do you know maria elena cuenco durano????she’s my mother.,Hope you reply.thankz poh!!!good day!!!

  6. stephanie olalo wrote on December 20, 2011 @ 12:08AM

    please give me the contact number of Durano foundation home for the Aged

  7. Jonathan D. Donal wrote on July 24, 2012 @ 09:53AM

    Hello, good day!!! pls. give me a contact number of the said foundation….thanks..

  8. Jonathan D. Donal wrote on July 24, 2012 @ 09:56AM

    i mean the contact number for the home for the aged…Durano foundation home for the Aged

  9. Roy ( Leroy ) Durano wrote on January 1, 2013 @ 01:36AM

    i am the son of Rolando Durano and Lorna Telen im going to visit there one of these days

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