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    San Agustin Church Bantay, Ilocos Sur

    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

    bell tower bantay church ilocos surthe bell tower of St. Augustine Church of Bantay, Ilocos Sur

    st augustine church bantay ilocos suranother 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)

    san agustin church bantay ilocos surthe 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.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 11:11 PM,


    At Mar 14, 2011, 2:43:00 PM, Blogger Eun said...

    we also felt that way about their donations. we got the impression that it's compulsory. anyway, i hope the money would serve its right purpose.

    At Mar 15, 2011, 6:36:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    very eye catching ang facade nya.

    At Mar 15, 2011, 11:25:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    yhun, yeah, demanding people manning the donation box, it's like a fee and not donation, methinks. just hope it's channeled to it's proper purpose

    photo cache, i should've visited it in the afternoon when i came back...anyway, next time probably next year

    At Apr 13, 2011, 9:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    yup, went there also, they are compulsory.... or at least felt like it... they kept on asking us for donation, minimum p50 pa.... but the tourist guide really looked like he needed it...

    At Aug 24, 2011, 8:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So picturesque. One could relate the heritage of some Filipinos. Donations should be served as to maintain the historical spot.


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