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!
The Saint Augustine Church or most commonly known as Bantay Church is a ...
Visiting Bantay Bell Tower and Bantay Church. Roman Catholic church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. Travel Adventure 2016.
May 26-29 2016 | via KGG Travel & Tours
PT Kada goes to the tourist attractions in northern Luzon :)
Day 1: Hidden Garden, Bantay Church and Bell Tower, Baluarte, Marcos Mausoleum, Paoay Church, Paoay Sand Dunes, Malacanang of the North/Paoay Lake, Sinking bell tower and Ilocos Norte Capitol Building
Day 2: Pagudpud Tour: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Kapurpurawan, Rock Formation, Bangui Windmills, Patapat Viaduct, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon
Day 3: Vigan Plaza, Calle Crisologo, souvenir and "pasalubong" shopping!
Ilocos Sur is rich in history and culture which Ilocanos can be proud of. Another historical and religious site that can be proud of is the Bantay Parish located at the municipality of Bantay. The historical Bantay Parish is known as St. Augustine Parish of Bantay and/or the Santuary of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad.
Bantay Parish is the home of the images of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad and St. Augustine of Hippo the Doctor of Grace. The similarly historical and popular Bantay Bell Tower stood beside the Bantay Parish.
Bantay Parish is just few minutes away from Vigan City. Even by walk ...
Adjacent to the Heritage City of Vigan is yet another charming town of Ilocos Sur called Bantay. Just like Vigan, it is also a place to behold as it boasts ancestral houses and some historical sites. The most famous landmark of the town is the Bantay Church and Bell Tower.
Bantay Church and Bell Tower is about 15 minutes Kalesa ride from the Calle Crisologo ofVigan City. To be honest, I was amazed to know that the town of Bantay is just minutes away from the city proper of Vigan. In fact it is a walking distance from the heritage city. I never knew there are towns like these two so closest ...
I wasn't suppose to see Bantay today but I did because I saw countless tourists gathered to have their pictures taken with the iconic red brick tower as background. I got curious if there was an event. I later found out that those folks were pilgrims. The church is popular pilgrimage among Catholics because it houses the miraculous image of Apo Caridad, the Lady of Charity, the oldest Marian icon in the region.
According to historians Galende and Javellana the builders feared that the enormous belltower, that doubled as an observation tower, would squash the church in the event it collapse ...