December 9, 2008
Vintar is a lush valley carpeted with farmlands which easily yields the rice supply for the entire province. The Vintar river and its tributaries from an intricate lattice of waterways that weave through the valley to keep the land constantly irrigated and fertile.
Year established: 1907
Land Area: 52,263 hectares
No. of Barangays: 33
Market days: Monday & Thursday
Fiesta: December 26 to 30
- The church in Vintar was built in the 1830s, and the core of the convento was begun in 1806 but finished only in the 1860s. Both underwent renovation toward the last quarter of the 19th century.
- The church complex has steadily suffered alterations as a result of the region’s earthquakes. In 1983, just after a thorough cleaning and renovation, a strong tremor reduced the convento and the front and back of the church to rubble.
- Today’s structures bear late 20th century facades, but significant sections of brick walls still stand behind the concrete mask. To the right of the façade is the modern belltower, and next to it are remains of the brick tower that collapsed in the 1931 earthquake.
- Inside the church are the only remnants of Spanish-era mural decoration extant in the province: on the upper left are yellow and green vines in contrast with the yellow-ochre dentilation confined within lines of indigo. Also conserved is the wooden pulpit, with an elaborate crown-like cupola.
- Along the road to Bacarra are the ruins of the abandoned brick cemetery laid along an octagonal plan
- Vintar Dam