Ilocos Sur: Bantay Church

Located in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, the church was built in the 1590s. Bantay Chuch (St. Augustine Parish Church) is considered as one of the oldest in Ilocos Sur. The church was named after St. Augustine the patron saint of the Augustinian Friars.
Bantay Church

Looking closely to detail one's curious eye can see that the facade's structural design is visibly neo-classical combined with a pseudo-romanesque elements. However, when you enter the edifice you would notice that the interior had been renovated and modern day metal frames and posts are used to support its aluminum roof.
Church brick facade

The bell tower

Church Interior
my wife at the tower
What makes this church unique is the picturesque belfry located on the hilltop several meters away. The famous belfry of Bantay Church had been used by the Spanish, Filipino, Americans, and even the Japanese as a watchtower to look out for enemy troop movements and camps.
all that drama...
...Inside the belfry
Belfry of Bantay Church 

Time and again the church and its belfry stood silent as it watched the country change hands and eventually become free. Just like the name of the place which it stood in, Bantay, (which means guard or watcher) the church and its tower would forever be gazing at the changing face of this country.

Getting there:

1. Take a bus bound to Laoag City.
2. Board down at Vigan City. 
3. Take a tricycle going to the church.
tricycle: P8-10
4. There are also buses that ply the Manila North Road going to Laoag City, if you are riding one then just ask the conductor to board you down in front of the church.

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Check out my blog for the itinerary:

Ilocos Sur Adventure: Vigan City


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