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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pan-ay's Big Bell

Miss Iggy marvels at the Sta. Monica Church in Pan-ay, Capiz: home of the "Dakung Lingganay" (Hiligaynon phrase) or Big Bell, the biggest ever in the Philippines and in the entire Asian continent. This national historic landmark is located just minutes away from the provincial capital, Roxas City.


The bell was said to be fashioned out of 70 sacks of coins donated by the townsfolk back in 1878. 
The Spanish inscription on the bell translates to: “I am God’s voice which shall echo and praise from one end to the other of the town of Panay, so that the faithful followers of Christ may come to this house of God to receive the heavenly graces.”

The bell tower was closed at the time due to repairs, but luckily for Miss Iggy, there was this smaller replica of the bell to the right of the church.Visitors used to be able to climb a narrow staircase up the bell tower to see the actual Belle of all Bells.

London's got Big Ben, the Philippines' got the Big Bell!

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