While being uncertain if the tropical storm will hit the Northern part of Luzon, at 10 in the morning, the sky is getting clearer and the sun has shown; we hurried pack our bags and head our way to the Paoay Church for the first stop of our Northern adventure.
A two hours of bus ridding from Vigan, Ilocos Sur when it should be 57minutes to travel 68.7 km more or less by car according to google map.
FACTS & HISTORY ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA.ORG:
Paoay Church is the Roman Catholic parish church of the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Paoay church is prime example of Earthquake Baroque architecture, which is the Philippine interpretation of the European Baroque adapted to the seismic condition of the country. Destructive earthquakes are common and have destroyed earlier churches all throughout the country. Aside from Baroque, the church facade also exudes Javanese architecture reminiscent of Borobudur of Java.
It was also believed that the town of Paoay was originally called “Bombay” as the earliest inhabitant have come from India. The earliest historical record of the area dates back to 1593, becoming an Augustinian independent parish in 1686. Building of the present church was started in 1694 by Augustinian friar Father Antonio Estavillo, and it was completed in 1710.
Going to this place would be better if you go straight to Laog City and rent a tricycle going back to Paoay, than to get rentable transportation within the vicinity. I am sure you don’t want to be surprised with extra money charges every time you move from one place to another…
Rentable tricycles are located at the gasoline station near Laog Plaza and Mc Donalds with rental amounting to 300pesos (back and forth) that include the Sand Dunes and Fort Ilocandia. There are also Vans and rentable cars in Vigan, Ilocos Sur for the Northern Tour.