Saturday, March 14, 2009

Paoay Church



Some nice, clear pictures here by Simon. A few shots from the top of the church or tower, or perhaps on top of the wall, would have been interesting. But it probably was not allowed. Thanks to Simon for his continuous contributions.

And now, Simon's post:

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While in Solsona, I contacted Michelle to visit her town at the same time to take picture of this Paoay Church. Michelle accompanied me to stroll around the church, while taking pictures I was wowed and awed by this wonderful structure made by the Ilocanos.

Built to withstand earthquakes, Baroque churches like the Paoay Church in the Philippines has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. According to the Philippine Historical Committee plaque, the construction of Paoay Church was started in 1704 and inaugurated in 1896. This information is weird because after more than a year that it was inaugurated from its initial constructions, the church was started in 1694 and finished in 1710. The bell tower, which you can see to the northwest of the main church building, has been used as a watchtower by Filipinos during the Philippine Revolution and WWII. It is said that large coral stones were used for the lower level of the church structure, and bricks were used for the upper levels. In the restoration, permanent columns were built to support the ceiling. Today, this uniquely beautiful church still stands, wowing tourists with its majestic structure of Oriental, Gothic and Baroque influences.

This World Heritage Church reminds of my ancestors, how they have worked hard, their artistry and architect genius, and gave their best effort in everything they do and still believe that these traits of them are still flowing in our veins; that is why Ilocanos are known for being a fighter and an achiever.

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