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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Meet me at the St. Augustine Church Bell Tower

There are so many bell towers in the world but there is this one bell tower that will forever be painted in my heart...the Bell Tower of St. Augustine Church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur Philippines which i also got to visit in my one summer day trip to the North.

The St. Augustine Church is one of the oldest in the country having been built in the 16th century
Its bell tower stands majestically to its right atop a hill.
and is surrounded by time tested iron fence...
adorned by flowers from centuries past...
as i went nearer i felt a rush of excitement inside me together with the wind that was really blowing on my cheeks..the old staircase and the gate seemed to tell me a thousand and one tales from long ago..
and as i reached the highest peak and watched the birds go flying by up in the sky i was totally mesmerized that i still can not find the words 'til now to describe the happiness inside...because i was with someone from my past, whose heart i've hurt, crushed and torn but forgave me once and for all up there by the bell tower where a friendship that shall live on forever was sworn...

10 comments:

  1. it's a very beautiful church Zen, a living testimony of our beautiful architecture in the Philippines that speaks of rich history, and i am glad for the friendship that had come alive again, to be lived forever now even after the pains. oh before I forget, very beautiful pictures too.

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  2. Although I am not a Christian, but I always feel so peaceful looking at, or visiting, a church.

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  3. first of all, PRP, i am amazed at how the St. Augustine Church looks so well-kept and sturdy in your pictures, considering it was built in the 16th century! i love the purple blooms in the first picture of your post, the way they seem to dance and reach for the sky in front of the church. and check out that super BLUE sky above it!! the bell tower itself appears to be in great shape as well. and wow, is that iron fence "time-tested" or what??:) but actually, i do think the rust on the fence adds character to the photo. i think it makes it look more rustic:) the orange flower in front of the closer photo of the tower is breathtaking as well. and those ancient steps .. oh, i wonder how many footsteps fell on those weather-beaten rocks (or is it brick?) through the years? i wonder how many young lovers sat on those steps and cried together, argued, made up? that is amazing you got to climb to the top of the tower, sis! i wish i could have climbed up there with you. love the view in your pix! lastly, i'm glad you got to share that special moment, up there in that ancient, beautiful tower, with a very dear friend and someone whom, i know .. we all know ... will forever be special to you:) thank you for sharing your bell tower tour with us, PRP!

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  4. The story and the pictures reminded me of the song "sa lumang simbahan".

    What a meaningful trip for you and the place where the broken friendship was restored was just a perfect place !

    This is lovely ... very romantic !

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  5. It is indeed a very old church, we are going to Isreal in a few weeks and there the churches are even older. We can't wait.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. Kulasa, another beautiful documentation. Lovely shots -beautiful details, girl! I love old structures, they have so much character in them! Not to mention the story behind each one. :) Keep it up, girlash! *hugs*

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  7. Your photos of the old church and tower are beautiful. Lovely description of the healing of your friendship in the old bell tower.

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  8. Beautiful little church in a nice landscape !

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  9. The church looks so old, and filled with history! Beautiful photos, Zen!

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