Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bantay Church and Bell Tower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Bantay Church and Bell Tower is one of the famous landmarks in the town/barrio of Bantay (Ili ti Bantay in Ilokano) in Ilocos Sur. The church is also known as "St. Augustine Parish" and "Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de La Caridad. 

The historical church is about 10-15 mins Kalesa ride from the Calle Crisologo of Vigan. There are also available tricycles that will bring you to the church. The fare is minimum 15 pesos. You know what, you can actually get there by means of walking. Of course you can do that  if you started walking in the morning before 9 am and in the afternoon after 4pm.

If you avail package tour from a organization/group or travel agency, Bantay Church and Bell Tower is part of the Vigan Heritage Tour.

Just to give a little  information about the history of Parish of Bantay, it was founded in 1593 and was named Saint Augustine de Hippo, the Doctor of Grace, as the Patron Saint by the Augustinian friars who established it. The church was originally made of bamboo and cogon structure by Bantay residents to house the miraculous Image of Our Lady of Charity, but it was later-on changed into a permanent edifice (built and completed in 1590). In the past, there were so many attempts in burning the church but Nuestra Señora de la Caridad protected it that’s why the church remained standing up to present.

Since it was my first visit in the church, I prayed and asked some wishes. I always do that because someone told me if it’s my first time in a church wherever I go, I can ask for wish (wala namang mawawala eh). 

The Bantay Bell Tower structures really impressed me. The architectural design is really unique and artistic. Taking photos on this magnificent tower is really must hehe.


  1. Been to Bell Tower twice and I didn't enjoy both visits since I was so dead tired when we got there. Haha

  2. Niay.. that's why...for me I enjoyed it.. specially when I was at the top of the bell tower looking the magnificent view of some areas of ilocandia..:-)



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