Day 2A - Paoay, Ilocos Norte

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San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
I had my grand breakfast in Villa Angela - rice and the famous Ilocos longganisa (some sort of Spanish Chorizo). The longganisa is one of the traditional industries of Vigan City. It is made from ground pork, mixed with garlic, vinegar and other seasonings. Its healthy garlic ingredient becomes more acceptable to both palate and health of the consumers.

We packed our stuffs, checked out of the Heritage House, then at around 9 AM, we were aboard of PARTAS bus to Laoag - the capital city of Ilocos Norte. We arrived at around 11:30 AM, we took a tricycle ride to Tiffany Hotel. This flamboyant hotel is situated at the heart of Laoag, to it's far right, one can already see the famous sinking tower. The hotel itself is an attraction for its color - mosty pink and purple.
UNESCO marking
We checked in and took a family room - one queen sized bed, one single, one dinning table, one TV and the walls are painted with colorful dots. This hotel I would say could be harmful for being too happy.

After settling down, it was time to meet kuya Ted who was in Macy's Cafe, the cafeteria adjacent to our hotel. We had a long lunch there, the four TBs - planisphere, isabetlog, jenneth, ted. We had our usual Ilocano meal - bagnet, rice and some more local dishes (bopis et al). Ilocano meal never fails to excite me - be it a simple pinakbet or lavish meal with bagnet, poquipoqui and some other native food. For our dessert, kuya ted and jen shared on a serving of banana split, isabetlog had her favorite ice cream on stick, mine is green tea ice cream.

After lunch, it was time to visit our third stop of this trip: Paoay town for its famous church.
San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
The church is one of the famous if not, the most fomous church in the Philippines. Over the years, the San Agustin Church of Paoay has become a Filipino icon. We travelled for 30 minutes from Laoag City just to see this church.

San Agustin Church a.k.a Paoay Church was built between 1704 to 1894. Inspired by gothic, baroque and oriental architecture, it represented the Spanish, Filipino and Chinese influences that are unique to the Philippines. The Spanish friar-builders were no architects by any means and they only had to rely on their memories when constructing the church, so they re-interpreted the European baroque into what was obviously Filipino in spirit.

The church was built to withstand earthquakes which are very common to the north; the walls are more than 3 feet thick, and all made of coral blocks, tree sap, stucco-plastered bricks and lumber.
The massive buttresses, known to withstand strong earthquakes
There are 24 massive buttresses jutting on the sides of the church.

There are now columns permanently set up to support the ceiling. The interior of the church is not as impressive as the outside. The preservation effort is still going on, evident of the trusses and columns on the ceiling of the church. Elderly patrons used to recall the church ceiling was painted blue, with white clouds that made one feel like going to heaven. I hope this celestial feel of the church will be brought back by the restoration efforts being done.

The Paoay Church was declared a national treasure by President Marcos in order to preserve its state. It is now included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List side by side with San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Sta. Maria Church our first stop and Miag-ao Church in Ilo-ilo, the only one on the list that I have not yet visited.
wanderlust_rxist0324 says:
hope you enjoyed your stay in my home province sir!
Posted on: Oct 06, 2012
jennethm says:
sounds good if they will really preserve ang interior. It is really good to know that we Filipinos have this church. :)
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
coffeefairy says:
ang gandaaaa!!! im going here too!!! weeeeeee :D
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
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San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
UNESCO marking
UNESCO marking
San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
San Agustin Church, a UNESCO site
The massive buttresses, known to w…
The massive buttresses, known to …
UNESCO marking in Tagalog
UNESCO marking in Tagalog
UNESCO marking in English
UNESCO marking in English
Paoay
photo by: planisphere