Day 1A - Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur

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Nuestra Señora De la Asuncion Church - a UNESCO site
I doubt if I even reached the rapid-eye-movement stage of sleep on that bus ride, how would that be possible if I was squeezed all night long. Waking up quite early, I was anticipating to see the first stop of our trip. We planned to see Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. What made me curious about this church is because it is one of the 4 Baroque Churches that are inscribed by UNESCO as heritage sites in the Philippines. Despite of its status, this church remains less photographed - as opposed to the another UNESCO church in Paoay, literature about this church is scarce.

This church was built in 1765 under the direction of the Agustinian order, one has to climb 82 steps from the road up to the hill where the church is situated.
The Detached Bell Tower
The church presents its side and detached pagoda-like bell tower rather than its façade to the town. Thick contrafuetes (buttresses) are attached to the walls, reinforcing the structure against earthquake damage. The bell tower is constructed a distance away, protecting the main church structure from possible earthquake damage. One of the interesting feature of this church is the wall carving of the scene of the Assumption of Mary.

After the church visit, we decided to look for a cup of coffee. Stores surrounding the church has no coffee for disposal, instead they were offering us "papaitan" - a sort of local dish made of goat's innards. We decided that it was too early for that. Fortunately, there was one store opened to cater to our need for caffaine. After 30 minutes of caffaine and nicotine intake and endless chatting (mostly about TB members, hehe), we dicided to catch a bus to Vigan. We waited for an aircon bus for about 30 minutes, but after feeling the futility of waiting, we decided to take an air-cool bus. it was a 60 not-so-bumpy minute ride to Vigan - another UNESCO site and our second stop.
planisphere says:
hahaha honest lang ako... haha
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
jennethm says:
kaw talaga... buking mo pa tayo na mega chika about TB members :D hahaha!!!
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
Isabetlog says:
Ang labo no, medyo, ang layo naman ng kape sa papaitan! :D Sana sinigang nalang inalok nila hahahah :D
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
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Nuestra Señora De la Asuncion Chu…
Nuestra Señora De la Asuncion Ch…
The Detached Bell Tower
The Detached Bell Tower
The wall carving imitating the sce…
The wall carving imitating the sc…
UNESCO marking of the church
UNESCO marking of the church
The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower
The Alter of the church
The Alter of the church
Nice People Always Swallow
"Nice People Always Swallow"
Some Advertisement on the Bus Seat…
Some Advertisement on the Bus Sea…
Sta. Maria
photo by: planisphere