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Paoay is in Philippines.


In 1701, Paoay was established as a municipality by virtue of Royal Decree with Don Martin Guiang known as Kapitan Bosar as its first and founding head. Don Martin Guiang served as Kapitan Bosar from 1701 to 1704.

Get in[edit]

Take a free shuttle bus from the airport in Laoag to Laoag City. The driver will send you to a Jeepny stop where you can pick a Jeepny for 30 P p. person to Paoay (ca. 1 h from Laoag to Paoay).

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Paoay Church

Paoay Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Construction of Paoay Church was started by the Augustinian friars in 1694. It was completed in 1894 led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo and was re-dedicated in 1894.

Known as the “Earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines, Paoay church was built of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support. It is an architectural solution to the area's challenging, natural setting. Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church. The walls are 1.67 meters thick made of the same materials. Its bell tower, which is detached from its main building, is made of coral stone. It stands a safe distance away to spare the sanctuary in case of collapse. Originally, the church roof was thatched; and it is conjectured so that buttresses not only support walls but give roof access during fire and typhoon.

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Beach at Currimao (nice escape to the beach)

Beach full with fisher boats. 2 resorts are directly on the beach which can be used for a day use only. Both have a swimming pool. (Tricycle ride 2 ways 120 - 150 pesos)

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Herencia Cafe, McArthur Street, Bgy. 14 | Sangladan, Paoay, Luzon, Philippines (077- 614 -0214)

Verry nice restaurant with colonial atmothere and nice view just at the plaza of the main church.

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Casa Done Emilia, small hotel in Paoay with clean rooms and swimming pool.

Hotel Website: [3], Tripadvisor: [4]


Get out[edit]

Paoay to Laoag: Jeepny, departure every 30 min, 30 min - 1h ride, 30 Pesos

Paoay to Vigan: Bus from bus terminal, departure at 7 am, 8 am, 7 pm, 8 pm, 1 - 2h ride, 100 Pesos

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