Our trip to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur was memorable. Aside from visiting the old Spanish village in Vigan, the sand dunes in Paoay, the famous beaches of Pagudpud and some museums in the towns of Batac and Sarrat, we also hopped from one church to another.
My eyes were delighted with the architectural concepts of each church we set foot in and the history it tells to every tourist. Indeed, Ilocos is so blessed to have these interesting structures that will surely enrich one’s knowledge of history, if not religion.
So without further ado, here are the churches we visited in Ilocos regions.
1) Saint William Cathedral or Laoag Cathedral in Ilocos Norte was built in 1612 by Agustinian friars. Inside the Laog Cathedral, the golden altar features the image of St. William the Hermit, the patron saint of Laoag City.
2) Shrine of Our Lady of Charity Saint Augustine Parish Church, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.It was built in 1590 with Father Montoya Osa as the parish priest. Just when you enter inside the church, you can find four standees with log books where you can write your wishes and prayers.
Bantay Bell Tower is situated near St Agustine Parish com
3) Immaculate Conception Parish in Batac, Ilocos Norte was a 1692 reconstruction after the original building was destroyed in 1690.
4) Saint Andrew Parish in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte was first erected at the end of 16th century but was destroyed by earthquakes in 1700. The current structure was built in the mid-1900 by Fr. Juan Martin.
Bacarra bell tower at night.
5) Sta Monica Parish Church in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte was built in 1779. Former President Ferdinand Marcos was born in this town.
The largest church in Ilocos region with simple altar simple. Its walls are made of bricks the aisle is 137 meters long. This church stands near the Pacsan River.
7) Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte was founded by Agustinian Missionaries in 1593. The Church was damaged by earthquakes in 1706 and 1927. The Katipuneros used the tower as an observation post during the revolution and also by the Guerilleros during the Japanese occupation.
On the left part inside the Paoay Church stands the pulpit where priest preach.