It was a challenge taking photos of the sinking bell tower of St. William's Cathedral. The bell tower is located on a busy street in downtown Laoag, the traffic of people and vehicles was constant. From a calesa to jeepneys, trike to tricycles and motorcycles. Unsightly cables also wrecked the view of the bell tower.:p
One of the biggest and tallest bell towers in the Philippines, its baroque design is similar to other bell towers in Ilocandia. The Augustinians built this bell tower on sand in 1612---missing Christ's example of building a church on rock (Matthew 16:18)---and the sinking episodes had started ever since. The bell tower now stands at 45 meters high, and possibly stood higher before it began sinking. It is said to sink about an inch in a year. It also leans slightly to the north.
The plaque indicates that the main door used to accommodate a man sitting erect on horseback, now it is buried halfway that a normal-sized person needs to bend over to enter. This is a working bell-tower and the 6 bells still toll to call the faithful.
Posted for My World-Tuesday