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Friday, May 27, 2011

the LAOAG SINKING BELL TOWER

The Laoag Sinking Belltower is one of the things that really captured my attention the moment we entered the city. We were supposed to be taken by our transportation from the airport straight to the bus terminal for Pagudpud when I saw it while crossing the bridge leading downtown. I asked the driver to stop us there instead. 

This 45-meter belltower is one of the tallest built in the country constructed by the Augustinians several hundred years ago. It is a unique landmark of Spanish occupation in the Philippines. It is actually the belltower of St. Williams cathedral. What's interesting is, its 85 meters away from the church.
LAOAG_sinking_belltower
the sinking belltower of Laoag


At first I thought its the old Church itself. There seems to be construction going on when we visited because its cordoned by steal barriers on both sides. I took a few photos during the day but decided to posts these night shots which i took on our way back from Pagudpod. We were already out of cash that time so after dropping by an atm center, we decided to walk the city for a few minutes.

I heard that when the tower was new, a man on horseback could pass through its door. Today, a man could hardly pass without stooping.
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SINKING CHURCH

It was daytime when we arrived in Laoag but the photos you see here were taken on our back to Manila. I was surprised that historic landmarks in Laoag are well lit at night. I took a few photos of the Provincial Capitol and of coarse of the Sinking Belltower.

Too bad we were not able to tour the city coz our trip was centered on Pagudpud and surrounding areas. The photo above was the last shot I had in Laoag as we headed for the bus terminal next. Instead of going straight to Manila, I made a last minute decision to drop by VIGAN which is only 1.5 hours away......

watch out for it in my next post.:D
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12 comments:

  1. sayang lang at may commercial shop sa vicinity ng tower. yung western union.

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  2. Founded on soft soil, maybe? Just like the leaning tower of Pisa.

    Ah, so many places to visit, plenty of things to see! :D

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  3. i really wanna visit pagudpod and vigan soon

    will wait for your next post...

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  4. interesting night shots Anton, another one to add on my fast increasing list of places to see

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  5. Amazing shots, tnx for sharing anton! =)

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  6. ganda naman nyan... teka. Hindi ata ako na -brief ng Sibika at Kultura teacher ko. Bakit nga ba siya sinking?

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  7. Pagudpod and vigan is on my list...once the weather is good..I'll start packing my things:)

    Thanks for info. great post:)

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  8. pang-asar lang yung mga kawad ng kuryente. ;)

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  9. ganda nga. but like khantottantra, i hope they can clear the area to make it more accessible.

    i didn't notice this when we passed by laoag.

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  10. 'love the night shots sana ma-achieve ko din yan, mahirap makakuha ng ganyang magandang night picture... There will be a next time visit to Laoag.

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  11. just been here ( pagudpud , laoag city and vigan city ) last weekend, and i must say it was one of the best vacations i ever had. I am into photography so i was really in a euphoric state while visiting these places because of the many tourist spots in these areas. Century old churches, magnificent spanish era structures among many others. and i must say, Pagudpud's serenity and tranquility is unbeatable!

    GOD Bless!

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