The Bantay Church belfry is located a few meters away, as in other Ilocos churches. This was how they planned it before; the belfry was constructed as a separate structure so if any calamity occurs, there is no danger for it to damage the church.
The site is said to be the scene of fighting during the 1763 uprising led by Diego Silang so the belfry also served as look-out point for approaching enemies. Try going up the tower. Old folks say one can see the entire Ilocos Sur from the topmost part of the belfry. Once you're up, imagine how it was like waiting for the enemies. Touch the antique bell; recall to mind how it has helped alarm the townsfolk of coming enemies. The belfry is also a favorite site for shooting movies. Imagine yourself being the movie star :-)
Bantay Church is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Ilocos Region. It has well-preserved Neogothic and Romanesque architectural details in the facade, making it a favorite of historians, students, artists, photographers and movie producers.
Do not forget to stopby here and buy the definitely must-have pasalubong: Royal Bibingka. They offer other delicacies but I like their Royal Bibingka which is made of glutinous rice similar to chinese tikoy. One box costs P105 which consists of 15pieces.
You would not miss their red sign along the highway, this is the next barangay from Vigan.