An architectural fusion of Spanish, Chinese and Javanese in “earthquake Baroque” style typified by massive buttresses. HOW TO GET HERE: Manila-Laoag bus to Batac (Florida regular bus – P550 – 8 hours), or fly to Laoag, then hop on a Laoag-Batac-Paoay jeepney.
Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur (1769)
A graceful brick-faced edifice atop a hill overlooking the town, and flanked by grand stone stairways. HOW TO GET HERE: Manila buses bound for Laoag, Vigan and Bangued pass by Sta. Maria (Partas deluxe night bus – 6 hours – PHP 621.00 – Cubao Terminal: Tel. +632 7257303).
Church of San Agustin, Intramuros, Manila (1607)
The oldest surviving church in the Philippines – the only structure in Intramuros spared by World War II – its plain-looking exterior houses elaborately carved doors and trompe l’oeil murals. HOW TO GET THERE: Intramuros is the Spanish walled city of Manila, accessible by LRT, jeepneys and river ferry.
Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, Miag-ao, Iloilo (1786)
A sandstone church embellished with bas relief of St. Christopher carrying the child Jesus amidst coconut, guava and papaya trees. HOW TO GET HERE: Located 40 km southwest of Iloilo City, Antique-bound buses, jeepneys and vans (45 minutes) pass by this town.
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