Museo de Bacarra: New Ilocos Norte Heritage Museum

Museo Bacarra

Happy to be back in the blog and to share photos of the latest museum in Ilocos. To be formally launched on the 24th of October is the Museo de Bacarra, created by the Local Government Unit of Bacarra through the financial assistance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is located at the St. Andrew Parish Church Compound, a stone’s throw from the Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower.

Bacarra, Vatican Town of the Philippines

It was Joy, our Bacarreño friend, who ushered Marianne, Joan and me to the museum. A wonderful discovery: “The Balikbayan Town” of Bacarra  is also heralded as The Vatican Town of the Philippines after having produced the most number of priests in the country following the introduction of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.

Amidst all the antiquities from the past, the tour was pleasant, with soothing, happy Ilocano piano music in the background. We have to thank Vicky Bonoan and Armando Pasion, who acted as our educational tour guides. According to Armand, it took the initiators only two months to put together the entire collection.

Vintage SuitsKarison

Hahah, a karison!

PageddaanPangananDalikanDulang

We call that dulang.

SalasFilipiniana1800s Book of Baptism

Well-preserved 19th century documents.

Century-Old Bilog (Boat)

It’s a century-old bilog (boat).

Museo Bacarra

There’s Vicky Bonaoan with us — shot by  Armando Pasion.

TunnelPhoto of La Residencia (Peralta ancestral home)

La Residencia is the ancestral home of the Peraltas, used as location for the Richard  Gomez-Dawn Zulueta-starrer Hihintayin Kita sa Langit. The house is not far from the museum.

Peralta ancestral homeSt. Andrew (Bacarra) Church CompoundBacarra Leaning Bell Tower

The leaning Bacarra Bell Tower, built during the Spanish Colonization Period.

Skater

We had a brief stopover at Ella’s for Ilocos empanadas before heading back home to Laoag. Empanadas are sort of Ilocos’ banner food product.

Ella's Crispy Empanada, BacarraEmpanada makerEmpanada PreparationBacarra EmpanadaIlocos EmpanadasPhotographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Torre ti Bacarra, Relic of A Bygone Era

The Bacarra Tower was built in 1828 by an Augustinian missionary, Fr. Bergier. It was originally a 50-meter high, 3-storey structure, but was ruined twice by earthquakes in 1931 and 1971 causing it to lean and lose its dome. The heavy giant bronze bell on the belfry is now lost, but the beauty of the tower has remained. Declared a  National Cultural Treasure in 1973, it is one among the  significant historical and architectural landmarks in the Philippines.

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