St. William’s Cathedral is known for having the famous “Sinking Bell Tower” in Laoag City.
The 45-meter bell tower was built by the Augustinians in 1612 and was once one of the tallest bell tower in the Philippines back then. Although it belongs to St. Williams Cathedral, this structure is 85 meters away from the church. Funny thing, isn’t it?
The tower was built duing the Spanish era in the Philippines. It said to be “sinking” since the tower is so heavy and is built on sandy foundations that it has been consistently sinking into the ground. Wayback its young days, locals said that the entrance of the tower can be entered without touching anyone’s head to the door. Today, you have to bend over just for you to get in to the tower. Despite of this, the tower continue to ring its bell all over Laoag proper.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TODAY:
HOW TO GET THERE:
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
• By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
• By Plane. Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
Ilocos Norte has many stories to tell. Make sure that visiting the province is added on your bucketlist!
Have fun, Juan!
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