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San Augustine Church is one of the oldest churches in Ilocos Sur. It was built in 1590 by its first parish priest, Fr. Montoya. During World War II, the church was damaged and reconstruction was done in 1950.
Some folklore (taken from the net):
According to great ancestors, fishermen found the image of Our Lady of Charity placed in a wooden box floating in Bantaoay River. When the news broke, people from other towns and Provinces came to take the image but could not be moved and only people from Bantay were able to carry the miraculous image. It became the sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity on January 12, 1956, when the most Reverend Msgr. Vagnozzi, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, crowned the miraculous image as the Patroness of Ilocandia.
The belfry was used also as watchtower by towns people to see incoming invaders during both World Wars I and II. Just like any other Spanish churches in Ilocos, the bell tower is constructed separate from the main church. It sits atop the Calvario Hill. The hill offers a great view and the belfry adds more character to make it more picturesque.
Address: Bantay, Ilocos Sur
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