Paoay Church has a spacious front yard, ideal for holding picnics.

Faces of Paoay Church – Trip to Ilocos Series

We had been travelling the whole day and I was kinda tired. Seeing the architecture of Paoay Church energized me. It was already 2:30PM when we arrived in Paoay Church, we just came from visiting Marcos Museum in Batac City, Ilocos. We just had a short stop since our tour guide knew we would spend more time in Paoay Sand Dunes. Ana Mae just stayed inside the van. That is okay, she had no idea how significant the church is to the Filipinos.

Paoay Church, also known as the St. Augustine or San Agustin Church in Paoay.

Paoay Church, also known as the St. Augustine or San Agustin Church in Paoay.

Before coming to Ilocos, I already had a few background of Paoay Church. I already knew for a fact that the church has a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs and it is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. I have been to several old churches in the Philippines and I can say that Paoay Church totally made an impression to me.

I was not able to get inside of the church but I read some text on the tablet found in the entrance door.

Parish founded by Augustinian missionaries, 1593. Cornerstone of church laid, 1704; of convent, 1707; of tower, 1793. Used before completion and kept in repair by the people under the joint auspices of the church and the town officials. Inaguration ceremonies, 28 February 1896. Church damaged by earthquake, 1706 and 1927. Tower used by observation post by Katipuneros during the revolution. By Guerrilleros during the Japanese Occupation.

I spent about 10 minutes touring the surroundings of the church, took some shots which I knew I would post it on my blog. And yeah, the following are the photos I took.

Paoay Church has a spacious front yard, ideal for holding picnics.

Paoay Church has a spacious front yard, ideal for holding picnics.

Known as the “Earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines, Paoay church was built of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support.

Known as the “Earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines, Paoay church was built of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support.

Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church.

Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church.

In Fr. Pedro Galende's book, he described the massiveness of the structure is balanced by its grace and fluidity. The church adapts the pyramidal design of the baroque style.

In Fr. Pedro Galende’s book, he described the massiveness of the structure is balanced by its grace and fluidity. The church adapts the pyramidal design of the baroque style.

A three-storey coral stone bell tower stands a few meters away from the church.

A three-storey coral stone bell tower stands a few meters away from the church.

According to historians, the bell tower also served as a status symbol for the locals. The bell would ring more loudly and more times during the wedding of a prominent clan that it would during the wedding of the poor.

According to historians, the bell tower also served as a status symbol for the locals. The bell would ring more loudly and more times during the wedding of a prominent clan that it would during the wedding of the poor.

Flowers and fine grasses growing in the church spacious front yard.

Flowers and fine grasses growing in the church spacious front yard.

Visited. Part of Ilocos Tour Itinerary
November 30, 2012

Source: http://www.arkitektura.ph/buildings/paoay-church#.Ud1anNL-IrU

One thought on “Faces of Paoay Church – Trip to Ilocos Series”

  1. Macky, these are such lovely photos of the Paoay Church! I have never been to Paoay. I hope next year na talaga. You inspired me to take a road trip to Paoay with this post. Thanks!

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