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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
This is my favorite spot in Vigan, for me the Bantayan Belfry is majestic and it’s the only belfry that gives me the creeps whenever I’m inside and on top of the bell tower. Its so old and it stood here since the 1590’s together with the St. Augustine Church. It stood on a hill and its like a watch tower for incoming ships, invading enemies or a watch tower for the entire town.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Bantayan Belfry is made up of bricks and the stairs inside are made of wood.
I’m glad that they are taking care of this tower and it survived many earthquakes and also World Wars.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
View from below

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Going up!!!!

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
spotted Jeman at the 2nd floor of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 2nd floor…with knees getting cold, because the level is too high for me, Im not afraid of heights, but I’m getting paranoid because of the wooden floor. Spotted below is Rey and Cristelle.


St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
The wooden stairwell going to the top of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Brick stairwell from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 2nd level hahhah chilling and worried ahhahah

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the Bantayan church bell, the bell is popular because the movie “Panday” , starring Fernando Poe Jr. was here, its one of my favorite movie classics, they say that FPJ pulled the sword through the bell. I’m not sure if the hole in the bell is done by the movie production or maybe it got the hole before the movie was taken.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
I think I should watch that movie again….

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
close up look…. I hug the bell..because it helped Panday to wield the sword of good inside the bell.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 3rd floor and top of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael ColadillaSt. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
You can view the entire town here

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Courageous tourist climb up here at the top and never think of the wooden floor.. I even told the incoming tourist to wait for us to come down and I’m just careful not to overload the top floor with lots of people. The wooden floor might collapse.

I got paranoid on top… because the floor creeks whenever we walk around.


St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
On the other side of the tower’s window, you can see two mountains meeting together and also the town’s cemetery.

Bantayan Belfry is a must see and visit site here in Vigan. Add this to your itinerary!


How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.
2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.
3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.


Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,

Baluarte in Vigan City

http://chavitsingson.net/baluarte/index.html
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186

Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/502

* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City

Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
for any questions or inquiries, feel free to email me at azrael@gmail.com

Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1

WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2
Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3
Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Inside Gov. Chavit Singson's home - Baluarte citadel in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 7
Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

BurnayJar factory in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 9

Vigan Plaza Hotel - Ilocos Sur trip part 10

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

St. Augustine Church in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 13

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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