A trip to Ilocos Norte would never be complete without visiting the world renowned Roman Catholic Church of St. Agustine, commonly referred to as the Paoay Church, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Paoay Church is one structure that never fails to provide a perfect backdrop for every press of the shutter. Truly, you have not been to Ilocos if you have have not seen Paoay Church. For so many years, many have been said and lots of photos have been taken of the church but everytime I go to Paoay, I cannot help but to admire, and never ceases, the beauty and grandeur of the structure as if it’s always the first time.
You may also try going up the belltower and the “kampanero” would readily oblige to accompany you upon request.
A block away to the left of the church is a white octagonal house known as the “Duque House.” If you like architecture, you should not miss this:
Unfortunately, you may only admire the architecture from the outside. You may not be able to get in because it is (still) a private residence. Noticeable though, even from the outside is it’s deteriorating condition and it may soon become a mere part of the town’s history if not rehabilitated in due time. Click here for more info about the house.