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Shrine of Our Lady of Charity – Bantay, Ilocos Sur


Considered to be the two oldest structures in the province, the church and bell tower of Bantay Parish is the home of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad, the Queen of Ilocandia. The bell tower was built in 1590 and the church in the following year.

by Jane Dacumos on August 03, 2012
Shrine of Our Lady of Charity – Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Considered to be the two oldest structures in the province, the church and bell tower of Bantay Parish is the home of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad, the Queen of Ilocandia. The bell tower was built in 1590 and the church in the following year.

The place, especially the bell tower, is a tourist attraction mostly accessed from Vigan by means of calesas. The original beauty of the structures is still preserved until today.

Travel to Vigan

By Air: Domestic flights via SeaAir leave Manila twice a week for Vigan City, Fridays and Sundays at 2:30 PM. Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Farinas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, Auto Bus, Florida Transit, and Partas Bus.

By Land: The 408-kilometer stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus, and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly.

Getting Around: The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour.

Accommodations

My Vigan Home Hotel is located at 14 Plaridel corner Bonifacio Streets, Vigan (Ilocos Sur), Ilocos Region, Philippines 2700.

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