Paoay Church is a Roman Catholic church famous for its huge and iconic buttresses. See it from different angles..
Before I got to Paoay, I passed by the Mariano Marcos State University. It looked spacious and worth visiting so I asked the guard for permission to enter the campus. He agreed as soon as I removed my helmet.
I just made a quick pass around the campus then left for Paoay Church. Now, I’ve always kept my helmet on except for the few exemptions like inside a university campus but since the church is only 2 kilometers away, I figured I could use this short leg to feel the wind in my face for a change.
I haven’t gotten very far when I spotted a police checkpoint up ahead. It would be stupid to stop and turn back so I just put on my best smile and pulled over. Sure enough, they cited me for not wearing a helmet. I took my helmet out of the top box and explained I was asked to remove it in the university. They let me through and I put it back on and proceeded to Paoay Church also known as San Agustin Church. It is one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines. Another one is in Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur which I intended to visit on this trip but missed it.
The first time I was here, I got to admire the church up-close. I even went inside even with all the riding gear I was wearing. This time, I opted to just observe from outside because there are quite a few tourists annoyingly posing for pictures near the church. I stayed saddled up on the motorcycle and took pictures as I go around the church.
No doubt the front view of the church is a sight to behold but the church is as impressive from different angles too.
If I counted right, there are 11 buttresses supporting each side of the church including the one at the facade and 2 more at the back. The bell tower is another thing. It complements the whole church as it (well..) towers closely nearby. I also visited two more bell towers on this trip: The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag and the Bacarra Domeless Bell Tower.
The interior of the church is disappointingly bare and empty especially since the exterior sets your expectation very high. The ceiling has been damaged and is no longer there. Instead, the supposedly solemn ambiance inside is disrupted by the distracting metal beams supporting the roof.
Anyhow, we go to church mainly to pray and honor Him. On the next stop however, I have a totally different expectation.
My next stop coming up.. The desert of the Philippines!