FIRST DAY HIGH (VIGAN-LAOAG-PAGUDPUD PART 1 – VIGAN) continuation

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Rented a calesa going to Bantay bell tower.

5:00PM Bantay Church and BellTower (I suggest to visit this earlier)Image

The Saint Augustine Parish Church, commonly known as Bantay Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the Municipality of BantayIlocos Sur province in the Philippines. The church is also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity (Nuestra Señora de La Caridad) housing the miraculous image of Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Charity, crowned as the patroness of Ilocandia on January 12, 1956. The church was named after its patron saint St. Augustine of Hippo.[1]

The old historic belfry of the church known as the Bantay Tower, which served as a watchtower for pirates back in the Spanish colonial era, gave the town its name – bantay (meaning to guard). Established in 1590, the church is one of the oldest in the Ilocos Region.[1]  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantay_Church )

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Bantay  Bell Tower

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Shrine of Our Lady of Charity (Nuestra Señora de La Caridad)

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When you’re on the top most of the bell tower you will see this very white community and yes! it’s a cemetery.

6:30 Manong Calesa driver suggest to go to Villa Angela. Though its almost dusk, and seriously the place was a bit eerie, we still went there. You can actually stay on this mansion. But, id rather not. 🙂 The place is too scary for me.

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7:00PM went back to Calle Crisologo, Dinner at Cafe Leona

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after our sumptuous dinner…

8:30PM Proceed to Calle Crisologo again to see this during the night and to buy souvenirs

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A must try in Vigan is there Famous Empanada.

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9:30PM back to casa Teofila.

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