ILOCOS SUR TOUR | TASTING TINOBONG | BANTAY CHURCH

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ILOCOS SUR TOUR : TASTING TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH (Updated 2016)

Note: This post is part of my Ilocos Trip Series.

After Batac we headed to Vigan and our first stop was the Bantay Belfry.

While approaching the location, we were offered by some kids the “Tinobong” that they are selling. I cannot recognize what they were offering. Their basket was filled with thin species of bamboos cut approximately 16 inches long and covered with colored foil. When I expressed my curiosity, one vendor broke a piece and offered a free taste of the product.It tasted like “Kalamay” but the flavor of bamboo created a different twist. Because of the free taste , I was forced to buy and also to give the vendor some sales from us.

ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 6 :TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH

  Tinobong is rice cake cooked in bamboo, a specialty of the Ilocos region which they at PhP 100/3 pieces. When eating tinobong all you have to do is crack the bottom part by striking it on a hard material,  then split it open. Part of the bamboo does the trick to dislodge the sticky, tasty cake made of glutinous rice, brown sugar and coconut.   In one of the pasalubong we’ve passed by, I gave my unsolicited advice to the vendor not to use the foil as cover because the product looked like a firecracker. Rather, I suggested that it would be best to use banana leaf as it would really go with the bamboo. 🙂 hope she will take heed of my simple advice 🙂

ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 6 :TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH

It is said that during World Wars I and II, the belfry was used as a watchtower for any enemies  approaching the place. Clearly, this manifests how Bantay Church and Bell Tower became standing witnesses to various important and historical events during those times.

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The Bantay Bell Tower was truly a beauty to behold, its  facade with red colored bricks shines as the early sunlight strikes it.

The historical background of  the belfry made me very  interested to see and have myself to be photographed in the place. It is said that during World Wars I and II, the belfry was used as a watchtower for coming  enemy forces. Clearly, this shows how Bantay Church and Bell Tower became symbolic witnesses to different relevant  and historical events on those days.

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Together with our guide, we climb the tower which made me even more excited upon gazing the beautiful vistas from above.

Of course, the belfry also has her commercial value. I don’t know which sequel of  “Ang Panday” the movie  was shot inside the belfry.

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BANTAY CHURCH

ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 6 :TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH

My apologies , but I don’t like the new paint they did for the church.The church is undergoing some repairs during my visit

The Bantay Church houses the  Nuestra Señora de La Caridad, the Queen of Ilocandia. The church and bell tower are considered to be the two of the oldest structures in the province, as the bell tower was built in 1590 and the church followed the year after.

I am sorry, but I was so disappointed by the paint they use for the church. I would rather love to see old churches in their natural colors. I didn’t opt to get inside as there was a mass during our visit.

If you are coming from Vigan, Bantay Church and Bell Tower is about 15 minutes Kalesa ride from the Calle Crisologo of Vigan City.

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Default Comments (7)

7 Comments:

  1. The bell tower looks really nice. I hope to visit one day.

  2. Tinobong sounds and looks yummy. Haven’t tried it yet but I surely will pretty soon! Love it!

  3. What an amazing travel. The TINOBONG sounds delicious but I think, quite pricey?

  4. Heather Gallagher

    I love going to places where I can see history – the bell tower looks amazing. Looks like a fantastic trip!

  5. I am very curious about that Kalamay. It’s definitely something that I wouldn’t mind trying when I visit Ilocos!

  6. Wow! Philippines is next on my bucket list next year! I’m going to try Tinobong.

  7. That is an interesting treat to try! I would love to travel to the Philippines and other beautiful places in Asia some day. This has got to be in my travel plans for 2017.

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