|The façade and belfry of Paoay Church|
Construction of this church started in 1694 headed by Father Antonio Estavillo, an Augustinian friar, and was completed in 1710. Paoay Church is famous for its architecture which is highlighted by enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the façade.
|The buttresses support the church and help it withstand the shaking|
during destructive earthquakes
The Paoay Church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 as one best example of Baroque Churches in our country. The structure is specifically termed as Earthquake Baroque architecture, which is designed to adapt to the seismic condition of the Philippines. Part of this design are the enormous buttresses (pictured above) for stability of the building during earthquake and the lower and stouter bell towers that have thicker girth in its lower part. The upper part of both the façade and bell tower were made with lighter materials. In terms of proportion, the church appears lower and wider. This made it a sturdy building and can stand destructive earthquakes.
Jardin de San Agustin beside the façade of Paoay Church.
|The belfry as seen from Jardin de San Agustin|
From Laoag, we had to stop over in Batac to get a taste of the famous Ilocos Empanada. It was indeed delicious as what the rumors say. The Ilocos Empanada was featured a couple of times in different local TV shows. The cost of empanadas ranges from Php15.00 to Php70.00 depending on the variant.
|What we bought: Double Special Empanada for Php45 each|
For the details of this adventure, check out our 3-Day Itinerary further below (Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte)
How to go to Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte by Plane
Entry point via plane to Ilocos Region is through Laoag in Ilocos Norte. You may charter a tricycle from Laoag to tour you around Paoay (Php250).
How to go to Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte by Car (Private Transport)
Travel time from Manila to Laoag is 12 hours. That is, if you won't consider stop overs. From NLEX, exit to SCTEX then head north to Tarlac Exit, the last exit of SCTEX. From Tarlac Exit, turn left to Sta. Rosa Tarlac Road. Turn right on MacArthur Highway.
Follow this highway northward passing through the Tarlac towns of Gerona and Paniqui, and through the towns of Pangasinan (Urdaneta, Binalonan, Pozzorubio, Sison, and Rosario).
When you reach Rosario in Pangasinan, watch out for the major fork on the road. The right road of the fork will lead you to Baguio. Take the left road going to further Pangasinan towns and Ilocos (this is still MacArthur Highway). From there you will pass by the Pangasinan towns of Sto. Tomas, Agoo, Bauang, San Fernando City, Candon, and Narvacan.
Before reaching Laoag, you will pass by the cities and towns of Ilocos Sur (Vigan, Cabugao,then Batac). Paoay is not located on National Road but only a few minutes drive from Batac. When you reach Batac town proper, drive on to Batac-Banna Road to Dewey St., turn left on Washington Street then right on Marcos Avenue. Paoay Church is at the left side. It will only take you 30 minutes tops from Batac.
How to go to Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte by Bus (Public Transport)
Partas Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Fariñas, and Dominion Bus are the most common buses that travel to Laoag. Check their travel schedule at least a day before your trip. You may charter a tricycle from Laoag to tour you around Paoay (Php250), which is a good alternative since Paoay is not on National Road.
Partas Bus Pasay Terminal: (+63 2) 852 - 8194
Partas Bus Cubao Terminal: (+63 2) 727 - 8278
Dominion Bus: (+63 2) 741 - 4146 ; (+63 2) 727 - 2350 ; (+63 2) 731 - 4780
Ilocos Sur - Ilocos Norte Adventure Series
Part 1: Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Part 2: Ilocos Norte
- The White Pride of Ilocos Norte: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
- The Famous Coastal Resort Town of Ilocos Norte: Pagudpud
- Snaking Its Way: Patapat Viaduct
- Giants of Ilocos Norte: Bangui Windmills
- A Lonely Sentinel of Burgos: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- The Centuries-Old Church of Paoay: St. Augustine Church
The maximum capacity of his vehicle (Toyota HiAce) is 14 pax.
Budget: Php 3,350.00 per head (there were 11 of us)
June 28, Friday
7:00 PM ~ departure from Parañaque (travel time includes stopover for dinner)
June 29, Saturday
5:50 AM ~ arrival in Bantay, Ilocos Sur (Quirino Bridge)
6:00 AM ~ departure for Vigan, Ilocos Sur
6:30 AM ~ arrival in Vigan City
8:00 AM ~ departure for Ilocos Norte
9:30 AM ~ stopover at Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
11:30 AM ~ lunch at Cromwell's Grill Chicken Ati-Atihan in Laoag, Ilocos Norte
1:00 PM ~ arrival at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte
4:00 PM ~ arrival in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; check-in at Kapuluan Vista Resort
June 30, Sunday
7:00 AM ~ breakfast in Kapuluan Vista Resort
8:00 AM ~ departure for Bangui, Ilocos Norte
8:40 AM ~ stopover (15 mins) at Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
10:00 AM ~ arrival at Bangui Windmill (stayed until 11:20 AM)
11:30 AM ~ stopover at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte
12:00 NN ~ departure for Batac, Ilocos Norte
2:00 PM ~ empanada stopover in Batac
2:45 PM ~ departure for Paoay, Ilocos Norte
3:00 PM ~ stopover at Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte
3:15 PM ~ departure for Vigan, Ilocos Sur
5:00 PM ~ arrival in Vigan City
7:00 PM ~ departure back to Manila
July 1, Monday
4:00 AM ~ arrival in Manila
Budget breakdown (Php 3,350.00 per head):
Php 1,500.00 transpo, 2-way (hired van)
Php 650.00 accommodation at Kapuluan Vista Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Php 700.00 meals for 2-days (fast food/restaurants stopover)
Php 500.00 pasalubong (bagnet, Ilocos vinegar, empanada)
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