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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Quick visit at St. Augustine Church and Bell Tower, Bantay, Ilocos Sur

St Augustine Parish Church...
From Vigan City comes the next place to see, the Bantay, Ilocos Sur's St Augustine's Church and it's surprisingly quite distant Bell Tower as compared to the usual tandem which they dubbed as the Sinking Bell Tower.

The Church's entrance.


The shrine of our lady of charity.

Our lady of charity.


Looks like a castle in the air but this is a bell tower...


Getting on top of the tower is rewarding as the Ilocos breeze is refreshingly felt in contrast to the heat outside. This must be dubbed as sinking considering the structure is inside is just supported by planks and and the way up is by the installed wooden stairs... I can see the prominent cracks. In years time, the visitors may not be allowed to go up given this condition of the tower.


There are many steps to take before going inside the bell tower. 


Well, missing the Ilocos breeze someday on top of the bell tower will not make the site a favorite considering the bell tower is towering on a hill and its contrast on the sky is a surreal subject for photographers. Also, it is a chance for some camera tricks like we did there! Check out.... 

Carrying the tower on my head....the trick i mentioned...

Leaning on the bell tower...

Pushing the tower is no heavy task given the smile...

Finger pointing the tower...


One of my favorite shots of the bell. There are four small bells on the side windows and one big bell in the center...


One of my favorite dramatic shots of my sister...


From the bell tower, the town's cemetery.

Taken from the tower, the towns fully occupied cemetery with two mountains in the background!


“St. Augustine Church in Bantay is one of the oldest churches of Ilocos Sur, it was built in 1590 with Fr. Montoya, as the first parish priest. The Augustinian friars named it after St. Augustine, the Patron Saint. The church was damaged during the World War II but was reconstructed in 1950. The restored facade is of neo-gothic design mixed with pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements. Its grandiose design afforded a reminiscent of the old Spanish architecture using indigenous materials, which are of bricks and slime. According to great ancestors, fishermen found the image of Our Lady of Charity placed in a wooden box floating in Bantaoay river and when the news broke, people from other towns and Provinces came to take the image but could not be moved and only people from Bantay were able to carry the miraculous image. It became the sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity on January 12, 1956, when the most Reverend Msgr. Vagnozzi, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, crowned the miraculous image as the Patroness of Ilocandia. The picturesque bellfry sits on a hilltop (atop the Calvario Hill) overlooking a vivid green vast of pastureland and the mountain view of the Province of Abra. It was used as a watchtower for invading enemy forces during World Wars I and II. Evidently, the Bantay Church and bell tower are the monumental witnesses to various atrocities, uprisings and staged revolts.”
Bantay, Ilocos Sur
Official Website: http://www.ilocossur.com.ph

Monday, December 5, 2011

Crisologo Museum, a taste of old Spanish home

 You were not in Vigan City if you have not entered the Crisologo Museum which is in fact the old house of the Crisologo's turned into a museum. Since, it is an old house, it is a tatse of an old Spanish house indeed. Here are my favorite and memorable shots during the visit...

At the sala, on the second floor of the wooden ancestral house.

My favorite shot of me. This is at the kitchen of the Crisologos...

Also on the second floor, this room is one of the  bedrooms of the Crisologos. I love this portrait capture of my family.
The late Cong. Floro Crisologo. He is the fathe rof the SSS and Virginia Tobacco Laws...

One of the nooks in the groundfloor which interests me...

A very old American reports...

Some titles that interest me...

Though not surprisingly, Mr. Crisologo must be fluent in Spanish too.

Caretaker's child interrupting albeit pleasantly, my focus on the old typewriter. 

The good ol' bags of the lawyer...

Old things for the new sexy-tary!!!

The Carriage, says the caretaker, is for the elite rich of the place only. And so,  the owners Crisologos were one of them.

One of my favorite framed art pieces. These are made of shells and rendered in 2-d.

A very old tv should look like this.

The wooden fridge is popular among us visitors...

And where all dirts come in. The toilet with three holes...

An old phonograph....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Baluarte, a breathtaking wildlife zoo in Vigan City

Snaps of the wildlife in Baluarte brought an immense joy to this computer-all-day and always-in-four-wall creature! Here are the happy moments with the wildlife, especially the moments with real Ostriches, not-smelly-luckily reindeers which are with and without horns, and "dwarf" horses that sure look like donkeys but surely look like no donkeys at all. Hahaha, a zoo-ignoramus I am indeed.

Parrot moments...

Parrot-lings trio!

Here's the snap of what i meant with: "dwarf" horses that sure look like donkeys but surely look like no donkeys at all. 

Tamed and photograph ready tiger??? I'm not sure.

And they call it Pony Horse...

My family posing in front of Baluarte Signage. The Dinosaurs are not real, of course.

My first sighting of Ostrich!!!

Rusa Deer... the hornless type...

Guess what, these are geese...

Ostriches, great o great!

colorful birds and there are a lot of them in there...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vigan: It's not the itchy feet, it's the eager heart!

Posing before the Arzobispado Nueva Segovia
Immediate to our memory is the Spanish period in our history given the more than 300 years of occupation of the Spaniards. I believe Filipinos should pay a visit to this place to at least get the feel of the oldness of the houses, the villages, the streets in order to aid oure remembrance of our history, good or bad it may be. Upon visit, Vigan, Ilocos Norte actually nests an admirable series of houses built during the Spanish era. Hence, it was named as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Vigan was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List of Sites and Monuments last December 2, 1999 which now includes 630 cultural and natural properties of exceptional universal value in entire the world and one of the only five heritage sites found in the Philippines. With its inclusion in said prestigious list of world heritage sites, Vigan has become a source of pride, and a national symbol of the Filipinos," as proudly declared in Vigan website.

Taking time to pose in the Heritage Village...


Posing at the famed Calle Crisologo.
My dream is to sit in  cart wheel designed old wooden bench. So here I am.

Calesas abound the streets of Heritage Village.


And tricycles too.



Beside Plaza Burgos is the place for enjoying streetfood and the popular Vigan Empanada. The Vigan empanada has cabbages, eggs and longganisa inside...


Old meets new. The old buildings houses new establishments.


This old structure houses the One Mall, the mall fronting the
Plaza Burgos where we looked for the LBC
to send the longganisa and bagnet door-to-door.

To have a bird's eyeview of Vigan's favorite places, here is the vicinity map of the city. Yes, as I said, I went to Vigan because of my hearts desire and not just because i have an itchy feet.

The Vigan website retells its story, to wit:

Vigan is an island, which used to be detached from the mainland by three rivers - the great Abra River, the Mestizo River and the Govantes River. It is unique among the Philippine towns because it is the country’s most extensive and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 15th century Spanish colonial period.