The Unexpected Journey: Hello Ilocos

by - Friday, August 05, 2016

 While enjoying our buko juice at Abra River we learned that Vigan is just a few kilometers away from where we are. Bella who already visited the place wanted to go back and willing to give me a tour plus she’s been craving this empanada she’s been talking about weeks before. Excited to see Vigan that I haven’t seen yet I agreed to her proposal. Since it was Holy Thursday, we make most of our time by visiting different church nearby. We asked the driver to take us to Bantay Church and from there we start our Vigan tour!

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The Saint Augustine Church or most commonly known as Bantay Church is a Roman Catholic Church at Ilocos Sur.  It is also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity. According to wiki The church was heavily damaged during World War II and rebuilding was started in 1950. The restored façade is of Neo-Gothic design mixed with pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements. It is designed to be grandiose and reminiscent of Spanish architecture. It uses materials such as bricks and mud.
The belfry sits on a hilltop overlooking a green pasture and the province of Abra. It was used as a watchtower for invading enemy forces during World Wars I and II because of its strategic location. The Bantay Church and bell tower are monumental witnesses to various atrocities and uprisings.

After paying our respect we explore the attraction beside the church called “Chapel by the Ruins”

Don't miss Bantay Church when you visit Ilocos Sur! Its a must visit in the north!

Next Chasing Churches: Vigan’s Cathedral


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  1. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  2. such a beautiful church
    keep in touch

  3. Wonderful church!


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