Travel Time: The Bantay Parish and Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower and the facade of Bantay Parish

Ilocos Sur is rich in history and culture which Ilocanos can be proud of.  Another historical and religious site that can be proud of is the Bantay Parish located at the municipality of Bantay. The historical Bantay Parish is known as St. Augustine Parish of Bantay and/or the Santuary of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad.

Bantay Parish is the home of the images of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad and St. Augustine of Hippo the Doctor of Grace. The similarly historical and popular Bantay Bell Tower stood beside the Bantay Parish.

Inside Bantay Parish
Bantay Parish is just few minutes away from Vigan City. Even by walk, it will only take you for about 5 minutes to get to the boundary of Vigan City and Bantay Church. It will take you five minutes if you want to go to the Vigan Cathedral by any kind of transportation, be it through commuting or private car.

Ilocanos in both Vigan City and Bantay are almost the same traits and characteristics. These neighbors are both historical and religious – the only difference is the center of religious or Catholic Christian activity.
Historically speaking, Bantay Parish has accommodated countless historical events like the second World War, Spanish uprising and local significant events. Bantay Parish had experienced man-made destructions and natural disasters. Miraculously, the parish had stood strongly although it had to be renovated and repaired to continue its main purpose – to be place for prayer and mass celebration.
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14 comments:

  1. may fee ba yung pag pasok sa belltower?

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  2. EtChSoSeRaNg PrincessJune 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    sabi ng tour guide namin na yung bantay na pangalan ay galing sa name na banbantay ang ibig sabihin puro mga bundok ang lugar na yun.

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    1. nanggaling ako last year dito wala naman ako matandaang puro bundok o naging patag na yan?

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    2. hindi ba kaya tawag jan sa lugar na yan ay bantay. dahil jan inassign na lugar para magbantay ang mga gwardya dahil sakto lang ang lugar na yan sa entrance ng vigan?

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  3. actually ang purpose din ng mga belltower ,kaya karamihan nsa sentro ng city ang simbahan at belltower, ay para mag silbi ding watch tower ng mga soldiers ito noong panahon pa ng giyera.

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  4. I was here few months back. The tower was very scenic. I swear the bell tower there was very scenic, relaxing and enjoyable.

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    1. What made this tower very scenic? What's the difference between this tower and other towers?

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    2. The photog must have shot the tower if that was very scenic for you. I mean shot closely enough to be appreciated.

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  5. sana kinunan ng malapitan yung belltower. hehe

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  6. Bernadeth Marie CortezJune 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    anong transportation pwede para mapuntahan yung bantay church kapag galing vigan? Magkaano ang pamasahe papunta dun galing vigan? Complicated ba yung daan papunta doon?

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  7. This is really nice. My family and friends will be liking this. Near Vigan? That's even nicer. More to go!

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  8. bantay parish church kaano-ano mo si bantay na aso? wahaha

    parish church ka ba? para bantay-an kita. heheh soo cheeezy!

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  9. ganda naman dito. mukhang madaming turista na pumupunta dito ah.

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  10. Nice! the church is so beautiful. what kind of architectural design did they use for the exterior?

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