The next day, I visited the famed Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte. Although there was a violent downpour of rain when I arrived in Batac and had to take shelter at a nearby shop, luckily the rain subsided thirty minutes later and I was able to go on with my journey.
The Saint Augustine Church commonly known as the Paoay Church is also a part of the four Baroque Spanish-era churches. These churches have been in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993. I would say it’s one of the best old churches I have visited in the Philippines. I like the structure especially the enormous buttresses on the sides of the building.
My trip to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte was never a relaxing one considering the long bus travel and the weather, but I am really glad to see the pride of the north and discover a different side of my country. Despite having a bitter past with the Spaniards, the Philippines, being a colony of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years, I still believe that we, Filipinos, should treasure the legacies they left behind.