The setting sun warmed up the facade, its blocks of coral rocks turned golden. For a few seconds, the passing clouds turned pink, providing a great backdrop for this quaint church in Paoay.
Its probably one of the most photographed churches in Ilocos Norte. The church directly faces the west, making it picture perfect at sunset. We made a quick detour to Paoay on the way back to Manila after a weekend further north in Burgos and Bangui (Kapurpurawan rock formation and Bangui windmills).
Info tidbits about Paoay church:
- Officially known as St. Augustine Church, it was named UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 (one of the four Baroque churches in Philippines to be included in the list. The other one I've visited is Miagao church)
- Architecture is a combination of Baroque, Gothic, and Oriental designs
- Its 1.67-meter thick walls are supported by 24 curved buttresses, making it very resilient to earthquakes.