Panay Church on Good Friday

bell-tower

Mention Panay Island and the story of the golden salakot comes to mind. The Maragtas Chronicles tell the story of the ten datus who escaped from Borneo and arrived in Panay. Story has it that in exchange for a golden salakot (a wide brimmed native hat), the Bornean datus bought the island from the Aetas (Atis) who originally inhabited it. It’s just a story and there are conflicting claims as to whether or not things really happened that way.

Anyway, Panay Church, home of the largest church bell in Asia, is in Panay Island. From the trivia page of WOW Philippines:

The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.

I have a different theory about the nature of the “donation” but, anyway, here are photos of Panay Church taken on the morning of Good Friday.

altar

bat

bawal-umihi

bell-maker

bell-tower2

bell

center-aisle

chandelier

church-door

church-full

church-tablt

church

covered-saints

ferns

old-wood

paseo-de-evangelizacion

saint

sculpture

stations-cross

vine-window

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  • ed villanueva

    Wow Connie you are living the kind of life that I dreamed of,travel around the Philippines visit old churches,resorts ,farms hmmmmm,Ive saved enough money for the trip that I want to take from North to South, but due to nature of my business my dream I guess will just remain a dream.Thanks for the snapshots anyway, It reminds me not to give up ,ha ha ha..

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Ed, it’s my dream too to travel all over the country, take photos and document each trip. Hope to do more traveling in the coming months. If only my hubby didn’t need to apply for a leave each time. LOL

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  • fishfan

    i’m from panay island.. and my grandparents were natives of panay. your pictures are beautiful.

  • francine del castillo

    wow great

  • http://nerrologest joebert brillo

    Hi, im joebert i live in calitan panay capiz im a simple guy………………………………….
    the church of panay is very beautiful my website of panay island is semple website of the capiznon pepoel here in panay capiz because the bill of panay capiz is the biggest bill of asia///?????

  • http://nerrologest joebert brillo

    the website of pan-nay is a simple website of the capiznon pepoel pan-ay is the best for less aruond the world
    joebertbrillo@yahoo.com my E-mail add.

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  • jessica

    wow! you have a great site..its nice to see the picture’s of panay church..