This 45-meter bell tower in Ilocos Norte was built by the Augustinians in 1612 and was once one of the tallest bell tower in the Philippines back then. Although it belongs to St. Williams Cathedral, this structure is 85 meters away from the church. Funny thing, isn't it?
The tower was built duing the Spanish era in the Philippines. It said to be "sinking" since the tower is so heavy and is built on sandy foundations that it has been consistently sinking into the ground.
Wayback its young days, locals said that the entrance of the tower can be entered without touching anyone's head to the door.
Today, you have to bend over just for you to get in to the tower. Despite of this, the tower continue to ring its bell all over Laoag proper.
The tower is actually located along the main roads in town proper of Laoag where main establishments like the church, city hall, fastfood and supermarkets are located around.
|Sinking Bell Tower as seen from A.Bonifacio St. in 2012|
WHERE TO STAY IN LAOAG
Knowing that Laoag is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, finding a place to stay here is not really a big challenge but of course, it would be ideal and less hassle to book your reservations as early as possible.
There are many budget hotels, transient houses and of course those luxury hotels to stay in. You can check our list of accommodation in Laoag City and see which one suits your budget.
Affordable Hotel Accommodation in Laoag City
It was night time when I first visited the bell. Me and my co-workers had a little stroll around the town proper and had some streetfood at a nearby food market.
It was dark and a bit cold that night but the city keeps the place alive even late night.
It just feels so normal yet I thought this tower is still special since it witnessed a part of our history here in Laoag.
If you have plenty of time, you can go here and drop by for a few minutes, take some selfies and appreciate its story. If you happen to visit this place, share me your photos on my Facebook page. :)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Sinking Bell Tower
- What church is the Sinking Bell Tower?
The famous "Sinking Bell Tower" is part of St. William's Cathedral in Laoag City.
- Where is Sinking Bell Tower found?
The bell tower is found in Laoag City.
- Why is the Sinking Bell Tower Sinking?
It is believed that the tower is sinking at a rate of an inch every year. There aren't any conclusive scientific explanations for this, but one accepted theory is that the tower being built on sandy land and its heavy and massive structure is causing it to slowly bury itself into the ground.
- Who built the Sinking Bell Tower?
The massive 45-meter (150 foot) bell tower was built by the Augustinians.
- How old is the Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag?
The bell tower was also built in 1612.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TODAY
HOW TO GET TO LAOAG SINKING BELL TOWER
Sinking Bell Tower is found in Laoag City.
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
- By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have daily trips that will take you directly to Laoag City.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
- By Plane: Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
Ilocos Norte has many stories to tell. Make sure that visiting the province is added on your bucketlist!
Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
- TOP 10 Must-See Sights in Ilocos Norte (Best Tourist Spots!)
- Pagudpud Tourist Spots (Itinerary + Budget)
- The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City
- Bangui Wind Turbines, the First Wind Farm in the Philippines
- Malacañang of the North and the Marcoses
- Patapat Viaduct - Connecting Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
- 4x4 Adventure at Paoay Sand Dunes
- Saint Augustine Church AKA Paoay Church
- La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel of Badoc
- Blue Lagoon, The Boracay of the North
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac
- 10 Ilocano Food That Will Make You Crave For
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