Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Churches of Ilocos Norte!

On my last blog entry saga on the Ilocos Norte Region, I told you my adventures on Juan Luna's house and showed you some pictures of the place. For continuity purposes, I now present to you the different churches that we visited when I was having my trip to the Ilocos Region, which was by the way will soon be a year older. Hahaha... my bad... so much procrastination! Hahaha!

Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. Ilocos Norte faces the South China Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north. (Source.)

On our travel north going to Bangui Windmills (soon), my colleagues and I went to three of the famous churches in Ilocos Norte. The churches are far away from each other. It would take about an hour or more to travel from one church to another. Although the land travel is very straining in our gluteus maximus, the moment we stepped in the different churches were really something that it can give peacefulness to one's self because of its solemnity and silence.

Ilocos Norte is home to several Roman Catholic churches such as:

The Batac Church

Batac Church facade

The Batac Church is located near the ancestral house of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos's Family. It is situated across the street were the ancestral house was built. The Marcos's Ancestral House is also known as the place where the former president's remains is placed (some sort of a mausoleum).

The Sarrat Church and Belltower

Sarrat Church facade

I have not gathered much information on the town of Sarrat in Ilocos Norte. My bad, really. Anyway, just to describe the place, Sarrat Church is a shady place. There are a lot of trees, tall trees, most of them have thick trunks, probably over a hundred years old! Sarrat town is known as the birthplace of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The Sarrat Belltower

A view in front of the altar.

The side interior of the church.

The Paoay Church

The Paoay Church facade

The Paoay Church is named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. It was declared as such in 1993.

A cross can be found near the altar

This is a view from the altar to the front door.

The Paoay Church altar. Beautiful structure, indeed!

Oh yeah. My Ilocos Region Trip is still far from over. I haven't posted yet some of the antique collections that I have taken during the tour. And oh, there are still more pictures and adventures to come... Just wait for my tour on the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte and our tour in Malacañang of the North. For now, I'll just leave you with these pictures. Till next time! Better come back soon here, okay? Hehehe... (Just come back... my email feeds is not properly working at this time...) Thank you for coming!

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  1. I just got back from Ilocos, and I must say that it's one of the beautiful region in the Philippines. Here's some of the facts I got about Sarat Church. Sarat Church was built by the Augustinian Friars back in the 1600's. It is known for its great architecture and history. Back in the day, the Augustinian Friars used to sentence and torture "indios" in their own convent (the ruins right beside the church). The local churches in Ilocos Norte tried to erase this so called "horrid past" by covering the torture chamber with bricks and some even tried to burn it. One of the care takers of the church said that they don't normally allow visitors/tourists after 4:30pm for the whole place (yes including the church itself) is very much hunted. There have been accounts of headless nuns and "indios" walking around the church at daylight; and horrifying spiritual possessions inside the church hallways. Gnarly isn't it? But nonetheless, the church is a beautiful architectural piece that I will always remember. **, --Erika Rebong,Las Pinas City

  2. @erika: wow! thanks for that information! i think we went to sarrat church around 4-5pm... cguro that's why hindi kami masyadong pinapasok... ang scary naman nung mga headless nuns and indios... im glad you went to ilocos region... it really is a nice place to go on a vacation... it's like taking a vacation while reviewing your history! thanks again for the info and thank you for visiting!


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