Adjacent to the Heritage City of Vigan is yet another charming town of Ilocos Sur called Bantay. Just like Vigan, it is also a place to behold as it boasts ancestral houses and some historical sites. The most famous landmark of the town is the Bantay Church and Bell Tower.

Bantay Church and Bell Tower is about 15 minutes Kalesa ride from the Calle Crisologo ofVigan City. To be honest, I was amazed to know that the town of Bantay is just minutes away from the city proper of Vigan. In fact it is a walking distance from the heritage city. I never knew there are towns like these two so closest to each other. And being adjacent, Bantay is also part of the Vigan Heritage Tour where it highlights the visit to Bantay Church and Bell Tower.ย 

Bantay Church is also known as the St. Augustine Parish Church. Built by Augustinian Friars in 1590, it is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Province of Ilocos Sur. Bantay Church is a baroque-gothic style church. It has a separate belfry situated on top of a small hill few meters away from the church.

The picturesque Bantay Bell Tower overlooks the stunning view of the mountains in nearby province of Abra and the vast South China Sea (now West Philippine Sea). During World Wars I and II, the belfry was used as a watchtower for invading enemy forces. Clearly, this manifests how Bantay Church and Bell Tower became monumental witnesses to different significant and historical events during those days.

Today, Bantay Church and Bell Tower is a great reminder of the rich history not just of Bantay as a town but the Philippines as a nation. It is a true remainder of our past that tells us we could withstand our future. Bantay Church and Bell Tower truly is a must visit piece of our history in this part of Ilocandia.

TRAVEL SERIES:ย Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte

  1. PAGUDPUD: The Charming Tropical Paradise of the North
  2. The Humongous Windmills of Bangui
  3. KAPURPURAWAN ROCKS: The Prized Gem of Burgos, Ilocos Norte
  4. Sunset at the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte
  5. Visitingย Malacaรฑang of the North
  6. Beholding the Grandeur of Paoay Church
  7. The Heritage City of Vigan
  8. The Picturesque bantay Church and Bell Tower


  1. sa wakas nabuksan nadin kita!.
    nagloko ka kc server ko kahpon.

    i like this part kuya, ung nakaunat both kamay mo habang tumitingala sa langit!
    super like ko!..

    are u whispering something that time, while doing that?.

    1. Hi Grace. ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ signature pose ko yan. ๐Ÿ™‚ for me, it is a pose signifying WORSHIP/PRAISE for a beautiful place that I visit/discover. ๐Ÿ™‚ salamat for your continued support Langga. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey, I just stumbled across your page and was pleasantly surprised! I had the wonderful opportunity to live in the Philippines in the mid to late 1980’s and have always wanted to go back. Such a beautiful country with amazing warm, friendly people. We tried to travel while we lived there but I somehow missed the Bantay Church and Bell tower. I’ve never even heard of it before. What island is it on? I will be following you on Facebook and hopefully that will help spread the word and educate people about how wonderful and beautiful The Philippine Islands are!

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