Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
An old church with a picturesque bell tower built a few meters separate from the main church building, it is a popular stop for visitors of Vigan, the church entrance gate and service road can be seen on the national highway just across the Petron gas station
the bell tower of St. Augustine Church of Bantay, Ilocos Sur
another look at Bantay Church bell tower
the reconstructed facade of San Agustin, Bantay, a hint of romanesque architecture is visible (tip: visit the church in the afternoon to get better lighting for the facade)
the interiors of the church is modern with steel trusses and supports
Note: a registration table near the church entrance can be sighted. Donations are not necessary but the manner in which the two persons manning the donation box implies it's required or they just don't have the right manners to properly ask Tutubi.
St. Augustine Church Mass Schedule:
Daily masses: 5:30am Saturday: 7am pilgrim mass for Apo Caridad Sunday mass schedules: 4:30am, 6:30am, 8:30am
Parish Feast days: January 12 canonical coronation anniversary Nuestra Senora de Caridad May 5 Bantay Town Fiesta / Conversion of St. Augustine September (first Sunday) La Naval Fiesta
Lastly, it was also in the town of Bantay where Diego Silang was killed by Vicos, on a street named Encuentro at the town plaza, now named Diego Silang Park. There also used to be a monument to Miguel Vicos at the town square.